Fiji rugby awaits fate | World rugby to have council meeting in four weeks

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World Rugby’s Chief Executive Alan Gilpin (right) looks on HSBC Ambassador Bryan Habana speaking during the press conference at the Olympic house Hong Kong. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

World Rugby will have a council meeting in four weeks’ time where Fiji’s fate on its council right will be discussed.

This, according to World Rugby chief executive Alan Gilpin who confirmed this in an exclusive interview with this newspaper.

Fiji Rugby was suspended from the World Rugby Council in May 2023, losing its voting rights.

The decision meant Fiji Rugby Union was not able to vote on any World Rugby issue until its governance and legality issues were dealt with.

“Their (FRU) council rights were suspended whilst the governance review was undertaken. We’ve worked really closely as we do on everything we do with Fijian rugby,” said Gilpin.

“We are working closely with not only Fiji Rugby but the Fijian Government as well that have come through that government reforms and we have got a council meeting in four weeks and we will have a discussion about what happens next for Fiji.”

Gilpin said Fiji held a lot of importance to World Rugby.

“Not just in the Oceania region, especially in 7s, but globally Fiji is such an important part of rugby for us.” Cathy Wong was FRU’s representative on the council before the suspension. |

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