Relationship Between Fiji And New Zealand Rugby Unions Is Strong Than Ever Says NZRU President Bill Osborne

New Zealand Rugby president here for Flying Fijians-Maori All Blacks Test Clash.
11 Jul 2019 14:03
Relationship Between Fiji And New Zealand Rugby Unions Is Strong Than Ever Says NZRU President Bill Osborne
New Zealand Rugby Union president Bill Osborne in Suva on July 10, 2019. Photo: Grace Narayan

The relationship between the Fiji Rugby Union and the New Zealand Rugby Union is stronger than it has ever been.

These were the words of New Zealand Rugby Union president and legendary All Blacks second five-eighth Bill Osborne yesterday when he arrived in Suva.

“The Fiji Rugby Union and the New Zealand union are now working collaboratively all the time,” he said.

“It’s good for New Zealand Rugby to be associated with Fiji Rugby and the Fiji-Maori game is always going to be a special game.”

When asked about the possibility of the All Blacks returning to play a Test match in Fiji, Osborne said the All Blacks would love to return to Fiji, but the challenge is fitting it in their schedule. So I don’t how it’s going to go,” he said.

Osborne represented the All Blacks from 1975 to 1982. He played 48 matches for the All Blacks, including 16 Test Caps. He also represented Wanganui and Waikato.

According to The New Zealand Herald, since retiring from the game, Osborne has carved out a spectacular business career and he’s currently a director of the State-Owned Enterprise Transpower, a director of Rangitira Services Ltd and Ports of Auckland Ltd.

In 2017, he was elected vice-president of New Zealand Rugby Union. Under the constitution, the NZRU vice-president serves a two year term before automatically ascending to the president’s position.

His previous corporate experience includes being group manager of New Zealand Post, CEO of Quotable Value, inaugural chair of 2 Degrees mobile and being chair of CoreLogic New Zealand. He also served on the New Zealand Maori Rugby board.

He’s of Te Atihaunui descent (Whanganui area) and has committed much time to Maori development over the years. He has served on the Maori Economic Development Commission and was responsible for establishing Te Huarahi Tika Trust, a pan-Maori trust handling Maori interests in the radio spectrum. He also chaired Hautaki Ltd, the commercial arm of the trust.

Looking at Saturday’s Test clash between the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians and the Maori All Blacks, Osborne said it was going to be tough.

The return Fiji-Maori Test match will be played in Rotorua, New Zealand, on July 20.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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