IN another historic achievement and for the first time ever, the Chairman of the Fiji Rugby Union Commander Francis Kean yesterday in the Guangzhou Province China, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese Rugby Football Association who were represented by the Secretary of the China Rugby Football Association Mr Jack Lam.
Commander Kean after the signing ceremony acknowledged that this was another important achievement in the reform agenda of the Fiji Rugby Union. For too long, we have regarded ourselves amongst the minos of the Rugby World when our recent on the field performance in both the Sevens and Fifteens codes illustrate that we are a Super Power in Rugby especially in the 7s Code as such should be maximising the opportunities that are available globally for our players, our coaches and our technical staffs.
China as we all know is a Super Economic Power globally and there is huge potential for the growth of Rugby in China and as a Super Power in Sevens Rugby, we see the signing of the MOU as timely because we want to maximise on the opportunities that will arise in the expected great boom of Rugby in China.
As part of the MOU, the China Rugby Football Association Union will be looking to the Fiji Rugby Union to assist develop both its 7s and 15s programs with exchange programs for Coaches, Technical Staff, Teams and players. The China Rugby Football Association has huge plans for Rugby in China which includes the setting up of professional competitions and they will look to the FRU for support in terms of Coaches, players and other technical staff.
The Chairman, Commander Francis Kean thanked the Chinese Rugby Football Association for recognising Fiji achievements in Rugby and fostering to partner the FRU in their Rugby journey. China has the resources and the people while we have the skills, expertise and passion for Rugby as such it will be a win, win arrangement for both the Rugby Unions. Rugby is now an export commodity and we have our players playing all over the world who are sending remittance back home contributing to the National Economy as such any opportunity to grow the portfolio will only enhance rugby and national growth.
He also sincerely thanked His Excellency, the Former High Commissioner to China, Brigadier General Naivalurua for being very instrumental in discussions leading to the signing of the MOU. He also acknowledged the contribution of the staff of the Fiji Embassy in Beijing and a few Fiji Nationals namely, Chris Wong, Tomasi Cama and Decon Manu who are already doing a lot of work in China and Hong Kong and we will work closely with them to spread our footprint in China
The FRU and CRFA will meet in the near future to finalise all the implementations plans.