Fox Sports News has revealed, the Australian Rugby Union will make the official announcement on Friday afternoon that the island nation will join the expanded nine-team competition in 2017.
It’s understood Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama flew into Sydney on Thursday to get the deal over the line, which will see them take part in the competition for four-years and be funded by World Rugby.
Fijian-born Wallaby Lote Tuqiri said the announcement was a significant step in keeping their talent at home.
“It’s huge,” Tuqiri said.
“It’s great for Fiji.
“I think it’s been coming for a long time now.
“The player drain out of Fiji has been massive, mainly to Europe, and guys can obviously stay home now and really, really concentrate on their footy without having to leave which is really big for the island nation.
“They’re just going from strength-to-strength with what’s been happening from a rugby point of view over there this year.”
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