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State plays rugby role

December 31
12:00 2009

Written By : LAVENIA VUADREU and SITERI SAUVAKACOLO. Relationship between Government and Fiji Rugby Union could turn sour if there is no State representative on the rugby board.
This was revealed by the Ministry of Information Permanent Secretary Lieutenant- Colonel Neumi Leweni yesterday.
“The Government has always been there ready to assist the Fiji Rugby Union in whatever way.” said Leweni.
“The only setback is the fact that there is no Government rep in the Board. There is a need to have a nominee of the State in the Board to maintain the channel of communication.
“Only then can assistance from Government be forthcoming.
Because then we would have a clearer picture of the state the rugby body is in and be able to decide on the best possible way to be of assistance whether it be towards preparation for the Rugby World Cup in 2011 or in other ways.”
The State raised their concerns following concerns raised by several senior players on the recent Northern Hemisphere tour.
When asked if the decisions and appointments made by the Rugby House board recently were null and void because of the absence of a State rep, Leweni replied, “No the decisions are fine but what we would like to see is that a representative of Government be included in the Board like it used to be.”
Meanwhile, FRU chairman Bill Gavoka has welcomed the proposal by Government.
“We welcome the decision of having a new Government nominee to join us in the new year. We hope this will be done soon so that the board can work effectively as a complete team,” he added.

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