Fiji 7s boosted by backing and support of Vodafone Fiji through 2019 and beyond

Fiji 7s boosted by backing and support of Vodafone Fiji through 2019 and beyond

TELECOMMUNICATION company Vodafone Fiji has given the assurance it will continue to support Fiji Rugby Union and help take rugby to greater heights.

The Fiji Rugby Union signed a sponsorship deal worth $40 million with Vodafone Fiji in February, 2014.

The $8m per year deal includes about $3.6m in cash, the Fiji Times reported in 2014.

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The Vodafone Fiji-led consortium also included Fiji Airways, CJ Patel Fiji Ltd, Home Finance Company, Telecom Fiji Ltd and Fijian Holdings Ltd.

Vodafone sponsorship manager Adriu Vakarau commended the partnership with the FRU.

"Our sponsorship deal with FRU is until 2019 as it was a five-year deal," he said.

"We have got another two years left. The journey has been very fruitful. It was fulfilling for both parties."

Vakarau said they had plans for FRU beyond 2019.

"FRU was in a tough situation with their previous sponsors and then we came onboard," he said.

"We have a very good relationship, so I see no problems at all and we are looking forward to another two years with them as we also have a new 7s coach.

"Of course, we will continue to sponsor them. All the plans are in place. Only time will tell what is in the plan.

"We also have a big year with the Fiji National Rugby League and we will be revealing some plans for the Rugby League World Cup. There will be some good news in the next few weeks."

Meanwhile, the Vodafone Fiji 7s team is in camp preparing for the Las Vegas and Vancouver 7s tournaments.