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Fiji bids for 7s tourney

Pravin Narain
Sunday, August 13, 2017

FIJI could host a leg of the HSBC World Sevens tournament after the Fiji Rugby Union announced they would bid to host a tournament as early as 2020.

The announcement was made at the FRU gala dinner night to mark the first anniversary of the Olympic Gold medal win by the Fiji 7s team in Rio, Brazil last year.

Prime Minister and FRU president Voreqe Bainimarama said rugby 7s was a way of life in Fiji.

"Our men's Fiji team has been renowned as one of the finest exponents of running 7s rugby for decades, and we have been a dominant force on the international stage," he said.

"But our country does not currently have a major international sevens event that places us properly on the world stage. We do not have a major sevens event that befits our position as Olympic Men's Rugby 7s champions. In the not too distant future when that bidding process commences, the FRU and Fiji will be submitting a bid and putting our best foot forward to host such an event. The opportunity to host a leg may be as early as 2020, it may be later, but we want Fiji to be ready when that time comes."

Bainimarama further asked Fijians of all ages, from all walks of life to sign up and support FRU's bid.

"We are launching as a means to capture that support in coming months. We want to show World Rugby the depth of our commitment, the passion of our people and our capacity to deliver," he said.

"We want World Rugby to see the passion of our people, the support of our country and the unique Fijian way. We believe that we can mount a credible, professional bid which addresses the needs of modern tournaments. We are announcing this tonight to send the message that Fiji will do what is necessary to present a compelling bid.

"We are asking our Fijian people to show their support. We have the players, we have the will. We have a government who understands the benefits of showcasing our country to an international audience and attracting tourism and investment. We have a corporate sector who are marketing themselves to a global audience, but most importantly we have a people with the passion for rugby and a passion for sevens."

Meanwhile, rugby fans can register on the website to show their support towards the bid.

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