Rugby Union

Chiefs vs Crusaders set to kick-off in Suva

Preparations towards the match between Chiefs and Crusaders scheduled to be held in Suva in July is on track, with organizers and broadcasters having inspected the facilities at ANZ Stadium. Opposition parliamentarian Hon. Samuela Vunivalu asked the Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon.Laisenia Tuitubou to update the parliament on the plans to host the Super […]

Peni Shute

February 10, 2016 3:02 pm

Preparations towards the match between Chiefs and Crusaders scheduled to be held in Suva in July is on track, with organizers and broadcasters having inspected the facilities at ANZ Stadium.

Opposition parliamentarian Hon. Samuela Vunivalu asked the Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon.Laisenia Tuitubou to update the parliament on the plans to host the Super Rugby match.

Minister Tuitubou said the Super Rugby match is in the area of sports development and sports tourism.

Madam Speaker, the game is being funded through government funding of $2.3 million, which will carter for team costs and accommodation and local travel costs.

In terms of international broadcasting, Madam Speaker, Sky TV, New Zealand’s broadcasting team has already assessed the lighting for the night game and to commence ground work discussions with local suppliers.

Madam Speaker, furthermore, Fiji Airways is being engaged by Sanzar as the international airline to provide flights for the Crusaders and Chief’s teams to Suva for the match, this is a further prove that the continuing recognition being given to Fiji Airways and our capacity to deliver.

Minister Tuitubou said Fiji Airways would provide two direct flights from Auckland to Suva for the teams and has been engaged to provide extra fully chartered flights to fly in those who have purchased corporate hospitality packages for this event.

Madam Speaker, this is a great opportunity for Suva and Fiji as the sporting capital for the pacific, this is a global first, this will be the first endorsed Super Rugby Competition game played away from overseas New Zealand, Australia or South Africa. Fiji will be forever being the first in this case.

Minister Tuitubou said this event would generate further economic activity and attention through increase coverage through television, radio and print media internationally.

SKY TV is supportive because of the similar benefits of action viewership for special events of this nature. Sky TV will reach out to 154 countries with over 200 million households, this will represent nearly half a billion people who will watch the live broadcast.

In the first analysis the project economic benefits of hosting the event is very attractive, with the direct economic benefits estimated to be in the excess of Fijian dollars of 19million.

Tuitubou said he hoped to market Suva and ensure our visitors to take a few extra days to enjoy our legendary hospitality.

Tuitubou said his ministry looked forward to hosting other high profile international events in Fiji. He said his ministry will work with the Fiji Rugby Union and other relevant ministries to ensure that the process is serious.

Hon. Viliame Gavoka asked the sports minister if some of the proceeds could help the minor unions for their tournaments. Minister Tuitubou said that that was a very good point, and he would take it into consideration.

The Chiefs will meet the Crusaders at the ANZ Stadium in Suva for the first time on Friday 1st July at 7.30pm.

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