27 Apr 2011

Sport: Fiji steps in to host Pacific Nations Cup in wake of Japan quake

1:41 pm on 27 April 2011

The Fiji Rugby Union says, while the circumstances are hardly ideal, it was happy to step in as host after the International Rugby Board opted to move the Pacific Nations Cup from Japan following last months devastating earthquake and Tsunami.

The opening game, between Japan and Samoa, will still be played in Tokyo as a gesture of goodwill however all other matches in the tournament, that also includes Tonga, will be played in Lautoka and Suva.

Fiji have previously hosted the Pacific Nations Cup tournament in 2009 and the Union's Chief Executive, Keni Dakuidreketi, says throughout the whole process Japan has been in their thoughts.

"It's certainly a very unfortunate situation and our thoughts are with the Japanese Rugby Union at this time and certainly those that have been badly affected by the natural disasters up there and of course the nuclear fallout as well. It's not the ideal situation - you know we need to move on - and we'd like to dedicate the tournament back home to the people of Japan - I think they deserve it."

The Fiji Rugby Union's Chief Executive Officer, Keni Dakuidreketi.