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Fijian rugby to mark 100 years

English.news.cn   2013-01-03 14:24:18            

SUVA, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- The year 2013 marks Fijian rugby's 100 years of existence and the Fiji Rugby Union have lined up fixtures leading up to its celebrations, state-owned radio station Fiji Broadcasting Commission reported Thursday.

The Pacific Rugby Cup in March has been planned as the sevens rugby geared up for the Rugby World Cup in Moscow, Russia in June.

Graham Eden, Fiji Broadcasting Commission rugby commentator said Thursday there is much to look forward to.

"If we start off brand new this year, it's going to make a tremendous difference with a wealth of opportunity, a wealth of games for both 15s and 7s that will take us around the world I don't know how many times. It's a fantastic calendar of fixtures that have been set up by the rugby union, it is fantastic and I think that when it's fully revealed, it's going to excite and shock all in one those people who are interested in the fortunes of our rugby sides."

Originally established as the Fiji Rugby Football Union, the Fiji Rugby Union was founded in 1913, and joined the International Rugby Board in 1987. Given the 100th year celebration, the union was bracing for a busy season this year and hopes to properly plan their domestic and international competitions to ensure there are no clashes.

The union's chief executive officer Manasa Bravilala said they hoped to mark the event with some test matches, details of which were being finalized. The centennial celebration would coincide with the 2013 Federation of Oceania Rugby Union annual general meeting which Fiji will host.

Fiji is one of the few countries where rugby is the main sport. One of the problems for Fiji is simply getting players to represent the country as many have been contracted in Europe or with Super Rugby teams where the money was far more rewarding. The repatriated salaries of Fiji's overseas stars have become an key part of local economy.

A significant number of players eligible to play for Fiji ended up representing Australia or New Zealand because of the cash attractions and incentives that are unavailable at home.

Editor: Wang Yuanyuan
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