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World Rugby officials pleased with Fiji 7s bid preparation

Moiz Munif
Friday, February 02, 2018

THE World Rugby head of competitions and performance Mark Egan says he is pleased with many aspects of the bid preparation by the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU).

World Ruby officials were, this week, in the country on a two-day visit to inspect venues, hotels and other facilities that Fiji would consider to include as part of its bid to host a leg of the World 7s series.

A statement from the FRU stated that Egan was joined by general manager of high performance, Peter Horne for the inspection visit which was administered by FRU chief executive officer John O'Connor and the bid task team executives Brian Thorburn and Greg Peters.

"The visit offered us an opportunity to review progress made by the FRU in preparing their World Sevens Series bid and also to answer any questions that the bid team had regarding the tender process, the tournament delivery requirements, commercial and financial matters," Egan said.

"A very experienced and capable bid team is in place and it is obvious that they have a solid understanding of our requirements and they are making good progress in preparing the FRU bid submission. We look forward to receiving the final document at the end of February.

"I have every confidence that the FRU will submit a professional and robust bid that will seek to meet all the World Rugby requirements.

"We've been impressed by many aspects of the bid preparation and there is no question that Fiji will offer a very unique and passionate bid for our EXCO to consider when determining the host unions for the next World Sevens Series hosting cycle," he said.

Mr O'Connor said the visit from the World Rugby officials was a timely one.

"Our taskforce has completed considerable work in preparing for our bid submission and the visit by World Rugby was timely in receiving feedback in a range of areas.

"We inspected venues, hotels, observed prospective training sites and engaged with our team in relation to many matters.

"We thank them for taking the time to visit and assist us with our preparations," he said.

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