FRU to submit its bid to World Rugby next month
January 17, 2018 12:19 am
The Fiji Rugby Union has confirmed today, it will be handing in its official World Rugby Sevens Series tournament bid on the 28th of next month.
This is after World Rugby gave the green light for a bid by giving the tender documents to the union.
FRU Chief Executive John O’Connor says there are strict criteria that needs to be fulfilled.
“We are confident that we will be able to meet those criteria’s but there is a lot of hard work that needs to be undertaken until the bid closes. Part of the bid is for us to gather support for the people of Fiji.”
FRU has put together a Fiji for 7s task force team, led by its General Manager Commercial, Brian Thorburn and assisted by former Argentina Rugby Chief Executive Greg Peters.
Peters says, they are working hard to ensure they are fully compliant.
-“We starting from a base where we haven’t hosted a event of this nature before and the other 18 countries are starting for a good base and will go up and is some cases I suspect they will give the same bid as the last time for sevens.”_
If Fiji wins the bid to host a tournament, it will be a four-year contract beginning from 2019-2020 season.
If this happen it may also mean one of either Australia or New Zealand will lose its hosting rights.