Rugby Union

World Rugby happy with Fiji’s progress

World Rugby is happy with the progress made by the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) in the handling of its past management issues and also the welfare of rugby players. Incoming World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said World Rugby values and understands the contribution made by Fiji in the growth of rugby in the Pacific. He […]

Luke Nacei

June 14, 2016 10:35 am

World Rugby is happy with the progress made by the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) in the handling of its past management issues and also the welfare of rugby players.

Incoming World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont with Prime Minister and President of the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) Voreqe Bainimarama. (Fijian Government)
Incoming World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont with Prime Minister and President of the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) Voreqe Bainimarama. (Fijian Government)

Incoming World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said World Rugby values and understands the contribution made by Fiji in the growth of rugby in the Pacific.

He said World Rugby is committed to offering support to Fiji and the Pacific.

Beaumont had meetings with FRU CEO, John O’Connor and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Richi McCaw (3rd from left) with PM Voreqe Bainimarama and Bill Beaumont. (Fijian Government)
Richi McCaw (3rd from left) with PM Voreqe Bainimarama and Bill Beaumont. (Fijian Government)

Mr Bainimarama in his welcoming speech stressed the importance of rugby in our national life.

BAINIMARAMA: “I guess there are few places in the world where the country’s leader is also the president of the local Rugby Union. But that is the case in Fiji and I’m very proud of the fact, because it reflects the importance of rugby in our national life and the value we place here in paradise on “the game they play in heaven”.

“On behalf of every Fijian, I want to extend the warmest of welcomes to our distinguished visitors – the hierarchy of World Rugby led by Chairman Bill Beaumont and his team Agustin Pichot, Brett Gosper, David Carrigy and John Jeffrey.”

The Prime Minister was also pleased with Fiji hosting the Rugby Committee meeting for the first time ever.

BAINIMARAMA:”This Committee meeting has been an important part of that effort, including the presentation of our high performance and competition reports today. It’s a great era for rugby in the Pacific in both the 15’s and the 7’s and the game has never been stronger or more popular.”

Traditional welcoming ceremony to the World Rugby delegation. (Fijian Government)
Traditional welcoming ceremony to the World Rugby delegation. (Fijian Government)

Mr Bainimarama also in his address acknowledged World Rugby for funding the Pacific Nations Cup this year.

BAINIMARAMA: “I want to thank World Rugby for financing the Pacific Nations Cup and for everything else you are doing to strengthen the game, including improving our standards of governance.”

World Rugby’s Rugby Committee reaffirmed its commitment to the sustainable progress of Pacific Islands rugby.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.