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Fiji Rugby Union’s ‘Return to Play’ Protocol

The Fiji Rugby Union has met with all representatives from their affiliated unions to tell them that the start of competition would only go ahead if all COVID-19 pandemic restrictions
14 May 2020 15:11
Fiji Rugby Union’s ‘Return to Play’ Protocol
Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor.

The Fiji Rugby Union has met with all representatives from their affiliated unions to tell them that the start of competition would only go ahead if all COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are lifted by Government.

This was confirmed yesterday by FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor, who indicated that the FRU was working in-line with World Rugby requirements where player’s welfare was paramount.

He said FRU had been meeting with Ministry of Health officials as it put together the Return to Play protocol.

“For the player’s welfare, the unions have been told that they’ll be having four weeks of training before the competition starts,” O’Connor said.

“This is for the Skipper Cup, Vodafone Vanua and the women’s competition as well. Also, our meeting with the Ministry of Health, we’ve been taking note of what needs to be done to the players and supporters if the competition gets underway.

“For example, if we are required to have hand sanitizers at the ground then we’ve to comply. But as for now, we’re awaiting Government’s directive on the lifting of restrictions.”

 

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

O’Connor indicated that for the Deans Trophy competition they were going to meet with the Ministry of Education officials to discuss of what could be done.

“We’ll see what the Ministry of Education is planning on whether they want to place focus on academic work and we’ll take from there,” he said.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has indicated that school will start on June 15.

JULY TESTS

With the current situation, O’Connor said, it was highly likely that the July Test matches of the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians would be cancelled.

The Flying Fijians were scheduled to play Pacific neighbours Samoa and Tonga before they travel to Townsville, Queensland to face the Australian Wallabies on July 18.

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: leonec@fijisun.com.fj

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