FIJI PAY TV AND FREE-TO-AIR BROADCAST DEALS ANNOUNCED, COMMENTARY TEAM TO BE LED BY GREG CLARK

FIJI PAY TV AND FREE-TO-AIR BROADCAST DEALS ANNOUNCED, COMMENTARY TEAM TO BE LED BY GREG CLARK

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Sky Pacific acquires full broadcast rights for all Super Rugby Pacific matches in Fiji and FBC TV acquires free-to-air broadcast rights for all Drua matches in Fiji

Suva, Fiji: The Fiji Rugby Union today announced new broadcast deals with Sky Pacific and FBC TV for two seasons of Super Rugby Pacific. Fijian fans will be able to watch the entire season with its 91 matches and including their very own Swire Shipping Fijian Drua team LIVE in action on Sky Pacific. Fijians will also get to watch all 14 Fijian Drua season matches LIVE and free-to-air on FBC TV, as well any other finals matches that involve the Drua.

Fiji Rugby CEO John O’Connor said: “The finalisation of broadcast deals for the Fiji territory is wonderful news for our fans, and we are grateful to both Sky Pacific and FBC TV for their commitment towards our competition and our team. They have been extremely professional during the negotiations, and we’re very pleased to finalise a deal that brings broadcast revenue for Fiji Rugby as the country rights holder as well as the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua. I would like to thank both Rugby Australia and New Zealand Rugby for agreeing to separate the broadcast rights to Fiji and assigning these rights to Fiji Rugby. I also acknowledge the work done by Drua CEO Brian Thorburn in leading these negotiations on our behalf."

As the Drua embark on their historic journey, our players and staff will run out knowing that their families and the Fijian people are watching, cheering and supporting them for every minute of every match on both Sky Pacific and FBC TV.

CEO, FRU

John O'Connor

O’Connor added: “The fact that we’ve been able to agree on a free-to-air deal is a massive win for rugby in Fiji. It speaks volumes of the love our people have for rugby and the players who play the game.”

Farid Mohammed, Digicel Fiji CEO, said; “Sky Pacific has cemented itself as Fiji’s Home of Rugby and we are delighted to seal this new deal which will see all 91 Super Rugby Pacific matches available for our viewers. Sky Pacific has brought every match live from the 2016 Super Rugby season to your home and we have seen interest and viewership of Super Rugby significantly increase this year. Super Rugby Pacific is fresh and exciting as we look forward to this new 12 team competition, with the addition of Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika, to resonate well with our viewers.”

FBC TV CEO Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said: “The Fijian public is totally thrilled that after so many years of lobbying and hard work, Fiji finally has its own team as part of the Super Rugby competition. And for the national broadcaster to be exclusively showing all Drua matches live and absolutely free is an exciting and amazing victory for Fiji and all Fijians even before the season has begun.”

Brand new commentary team

Adding to the excitement of the Drua’s home matches is confirmation of a brand new commentary team led by renowned rugby commentator Greg Clark. Clarkie, as he’s commonly known, will be supported in the box by former Western Force, Sunwolves and Waratahs lock Sam Wykes, and former Fijiana 15s captain Lailanie Burnes, who will report from the sidelines.

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Fijian Drua CEO Brian Thorburn said: “We warmly welcome Clarkie, Sam and Lailanie into our vuvale as the commentary team for the Drua’s home matches. As per our Super Rugby license agreement, Fiji Rugby and the Fijian Drua have rights to sell television broadcast rights in Fiji, but also have the obligation to produce all Drua home matches. It is indeed a massive job and we’ve appointed an experienced Broadcast Manager in Hamish France who will oversee the production of the seven home matches. And we’re taking the opportunity to do exciting things with various elements of our broadcast, like having a new commentary team to add more colour and unique insights.”

Thorburn added: “Clarkie has two decades of broadcast media experience and has called numerous matches involving Fijian players and teams during this time. He has led commentary for countless Super Rugby, Test, Olympics and World Sevens Series matches. We are delighted to have him call the Drua’s home matches against the Rebels, Force, Waratahs, Brumbies, Highlanders, Moana Pasifika and Chiefs. He will be ably supported in the commentary box by the exciting new voice of Sam Wykes, who has 109 Super Rugby caps, as well as our own former Fijiana 15s captain and World Rugby accredited coach Lailanie Burnes. Both Sam and Lailanie shone through in the auditions and will add excellent insights and reports through the matches.”

Greg Clark said he was looking forward to Super Rugby Pacific 2022 more than any previous Suoer Rugby season.

In all my time calling Super Rugby, I’ve never been so excited about a season ahead. I’m a huge fan of Fiji Rugby, whether it’s 15s or 7s, and I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to call all the Fijian Drua’s home games with a new commentary team. While many Fijians have starred in Super Rugby, I think it’s great that Fiji fans have their own team to support now. Bring it on.

Greg Clark

Fijian and rugby fans from around the world will hear the Clark-Wykes-Burnes combination when the Drua host the Rebels on 4 March. The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua kick off their historic first Super Rugby Pacific campaign on Friday 18 February against the Waratahs at CommBank Stadium in Parramatta.