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O’Connor On Fijian Drua’s Bid For 2022 Super Rugby Spot

World Rugby executive committee has postponed this year’s women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand due to uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
11 Mar 2021 13:49
O’Connor On Fijian Drua’s Bid For 2022 Super Rugby Spot
John O’Connor.

After completing its Business Plan, which will underpin the Fiji Drua’s proposed entry in the 2022 Super Rugby, the Fiji Rugby Union is now working hard to comply and meet all the other set of requirements set by New Zealand Rugby.

FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor said yesterday they are working intensively to try and meet all the other requirements including financial requirements and submit it to NZR.by the end of March.

“We’re so grateful to the New Zealand Government (MFAT) and World Rugby for providing funds so we could engage and hire consultants and professionals in different areas of specialty to be involved in this project. Without their support, we would not have come so far,” O’Connor said.

“These consultants are based in Australia and New Zealand and they have selected after due process and considering the experience of doing this kind of due diligence work.”

Women’s World Cup cancelled

Meanwhile, the World Rugby executive committee has postponed this year’s women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand due to uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also announced a funding package of FJ$5.7 million to assist unions hit by the postponement.

The ninth edition of the tournament was scheduled to be hosted in Auckland and Whangarei from September 18 to October 16 but World Rugby proposed last week it would be difficult to host the event as planned.

More than 600 players, staff and tournament personnel were expected to travel for the event, leading to risk surrounding safe and reliable travel among other problems.

“The executive committee also endorsed work to develop and fund a Rugby World Cup 2021 high performance preparation and competition programme for qualified teams and teams still competing in the qualification process,” World Rugby said.

“The programme will be underpinned by a FJ$5.7 million funding package and will focus on providing teams with international competition to give them the greatest opportunity to be at their best in New Zealand next year.”

The tournament will be the first women’s Rugby World Cup to be held in the Southern Hemisphere, and is due to feature New Zealand, England, Canada, France, Australia, United States, Wales, South Africa, Fiji and three qualifiers.

New Zealand are the current holders, having defeated England 41-32 in the final in Belfast in 2017.

Dates for the postponed tournament will be announced shortly.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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