September 03, 2021
The Fiji Rugby Union has appointed Brian Thorburn as the interim Fijian Drua chief executive today.
Thorburn, who is currently based in Australia, assisted FRU in getting the Fijian Drua franchise license for the extended Super Rugby Pacific 2022.
Fiji Rugby Chairman Conway Beg emphasised that Thorburn has been the driving force behind the bid for the Fijian Drua.
“Brian is ideally placed to oversee the significant remaining activity leading into the first games in Australia in 2022. The FRU Board has every confidence that Brian is the best person to drive the establishment of the club.”
“Following his secondment, Brian will return to Fiji Rugby Union in early 2022 to lead commercial preparations for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in October and the Men’s Rugby World Cup in 2023.”
“Our bid team has been working very hard to achieve this long-awaited dream of a place for a Fijian team in Super Rugby. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us to be ready in 2022, and I’m both honoured and excited to lead that process.”
Thorburn was the former 24/7 Sports Consultancy on a short term basis to represent FRU as Commercial Management Manager.
The Australian national is the former chief executive for the Professional Golfers Association of Australia (PGA) and has more than 20 years in the sports industry.
Before working at the PGA, he held executive positions for over twenty years in the banking sector with CitiBank, The State Bank of NSW and Westpac prior to moving into sports management in 1996.
He was the Commercial Director of the Australian Rugby Union for 12 years and was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000.
He then established 24/7 Sports, a sports marketing, promotions and events management company where he consulted to Netball, Football, Cricket, AFL, Rugby Union and Rugby League clients.
By Romeka Romena