September 03, 2021
  Follow @ Twitter

Thorburn is interim Fijian Drua CEO

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.”

Thorburn is excited about the new appointment and could not wait to tackle the task at hand.

“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  


Post a Comment
Bookmark and Share

 


Posted Comments
No comments, but you can post the first comment!

 

 







SPORTS
Fiji bows out in Dubai 7s semis
Fiji has bowed out of the Dubai 7s after losing 21-19 to the United States of America (USA) in a thrilling semifinal encounter at the Sevens Stadium.
FOOTBALL
DPL matches called off due to bad weather
Heavy downpour in the Northern Division has forced Fiji Football Association to call off the two Digicel Premier League matches that were scheduled to be played at Subrail Park this weekend.
FIJI NEWS
Cyclone Winston moves towards Tonga
Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Winston is moving away from the Lau group and towards Tonga.
WORLD
Obama unveils gun violence proposals
President Barack Obama today demanded an assault weapons ban and universal background checks for gun buyers, stoking a generational clash with the firearms lobby after the Newtown school massacre.
ENTERTAINMENT
Afghan street kid heads for the Oscars red carpet
An Afghan street kid is off to Hollywood and the red-carpet treatment at the Oscars -- a fairytale ending to a chance encounter that led to a starring role in a movie.
TECHNOLOGY
Online registration for foreign investors
Fiji will soon launch online registration and approvals system for foreign investors.