Fiji is ready to be among Tier 1 nations: FRU GM
December 16, 2018 3:52 pm
Josua Tuisova on attack for the Flying Fijians against France [Source: Rugbypass]
Fiji Rugby Union General Manager Geoff Webster believes it is time for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians to be elevated to Tier 1 competition.
In an interview with Rugby Pass, Webster says the 21-14 historic win over France is one that rugby fans across Fiji will be hoping is the flash point that sees them regularly competing against the top nations in the world in the years to come.
“The opportunity to toss the Tier 1 teams in our pool would be the ultimate culmination of a couple of very successful years, and on the back of much hard work and focus. I’d like to think that over the last few years we’ve presented our credentials about where we sit in world rugby at the current time, though.”
Webster says Fiji have knocked off teams that have resources.
He says whether it is inclusion in the Rugby Championship or World Rugby’s vision of the international game, the only way that Fiji can be guaranteed regular top-level competition, as well as the opportunity to adequately prepare for those fixtures.
Webster says whatever form the future of global rugby takes, Fiji deserves an opportunity to compete with the best.
He adds, if World Rugby is going to expand this League of Nations to 10 teams, they’d certainly deserve to be one of the 10 teams.