INTERNATIONAL Rugby Board will send its official to assess the organisation of the FIJI Water Centennial International 7s tournament which will be held at the ANZ Stadium in Suva next month.
The possibility of Fiji hosting a leg of the IRB 7s series will depend on the result of this assessment.
And to make this opportunity count, Fiji Rugby Union has joined hands with the Marist Rugby Club (MRC) in bringing the IRB 7s series to the country by 2016.
The union yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the club at the Rugby House in Suva, handing the organisation of the tournament to MRC, the organisers of the prestigious Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament.
FRU board member Berlin Kafoa said they decided to hand over the reins to Marist because of its reputation in staging successful tournaments in the past.
He added the MRC was providing its service free of charge.
"For FRU, getting this centennial 7s tournament properly done is very important because IRB will be here to assess whether Fiji has the capacity to host such a tournament and if we are given the OK, they will consider us being part of the IRB 7s circuit," Kafoa said.
"The board decided that Marist host of the oldest 7s tournament and probably the biggest over many years and they got the experience in staging such an event given the chance to host the Centennial 7s."
MRC president Lawrence Tikaram said they were ready to tackle the challenge and help in FRU's bid for an IRB 7s series leg.
He said the strength of their club were the volunteers especially the old boys who would continue to contribute in development of rugby in Fiji.
"We are doing this first and foremost for God and country which means we are doing this free of charge," Tikaram said.
"We will run this tournament with high spirit that hopefully IRB will recognise the strength of organisational capability through FRU and hopefully we are given the chance to host an event of such magnitude in future for Fiji.
"We are extremely proud of this opportunity."
MRC will provide its expertise through their 182 volunteers who will be responsible for running the tournament.
The centennial 7s tournament which will be held on October 4 and 5 will have teams such as Fiji, Australia, Argentina, France, Kenya, Samoa, the United Arab Emirates, the US and Tonga participating.