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Focus on the Scots

Emoni Narawa
Thursday, April 19, 2012

THE Fiji Rugby Union says there are interested sponsors that are willing to sponsor the Flying Fijians for the Scotland Test in June.

The Rugby House has invited sponsorship bids from reputable companies and corporate bodies with proven financial and business ethics for a business opportunity to sponsor the national 15s side.

However the bids from companies that are in direct competition with current sponsors Digicel, Tappoo, Pleass Beverages, Fiji Sun and Punjas are not eligible.

FRU operations manager Vilikesa Rinavuaka said a number of sponsors are willing to jump on board and assist the Flying Fijians team.

"Things are positive right now. There has been interest from companies to sponsor the team," Rinavuaka replied to Times Sport questions via email.

Fiji plays Scotland on June 16 at Lautoka's Churchill Park before taking on the Ikale Tahi the following week.

Fiji plays Japan in the opening game of the International Rugby Board Pacific Nations Cup on June 5 before playing Samoa on the 10th. Rinavuaka said costs for the Test matches are considerable.

Meanwhile Fiji is at 16th place in the IRB ranking. Tonga and Samoa are among the top 10 teams in the world while Japan is ranked 14.

World champions New Zealand still maintain their number one spot followed by Australia, South Africa, England and Six Nations champions Wales at fifth position.

France, Argentina and Ireland are also in the top 10.