Rugby Union

Aussies send new boss for Fijian Drua

The Fiji Rugby Union has today confirmed the appointment of Chris Thomson as the General Manager for the Fiji Airways Drua Franchise.

Staff Writers

September 11, 2017 6:39 pm

FRU CEO Mr John O’Connor  confirmed that Chris Thomson’s appointment is a secondment by the Australian Rugby Union to the FRU, and Thomson’s understudy is yet to be selected.

The new GM is a former professional rugby player, having played as a Lock for the Waratahs between 2009 and 2010 and for French Club Narbonne from 2010 to 2012.

Thomson stated that participation in the NRC was meant to help Fiji rugby.

“The importance of the Fiji Airways Drua in the NRC competition is to increase the depth of Fijian players and provide a pathway for them to become a Flying Fijian. It is putting them on show to the world and it’s a learning process of how to become a professional sportsman. This is what the coaches and the management staff are trying to instil on the players.”

The former Melbourne Rising executive is optimistic of Fiji’s chances at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

“I have been involved in the NRC with the Melbourne Rising since its inception and I saw it as a great opportunity.  Obviously with the talent of the players and the success that the Fiji Rugby Union has had over the past 18 months with winning a gold medal in Rio and their recent success in June, winning four out of five test matches, participating in the NRC only enhances our chances, leading into the 2019 World Cup.”

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