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State approves $0.4m for RWC

May 09
12:00 2011

Written By : ILIESA TORA. Cabinet yesterday approved to give $400,000 to the Fiji Rugby Union as part of its promised funding towards the Rugby World Cup campaign.
The $2.6m balance from the $3 million the State had offered will depend on the FRU board meeting all the pre-requisites given by Government earlier this year when it made the offer.
Education minister Filipe Bole confirmed yesterday that Cabinet had approved ‘part payment’ to the FRU.
SUNsports was told last night that the first payment was $400,000.
While Government is happy with the board change it still wants changes to management at Rugby House.
Meanwhile, the Fiji Rugby Union was not fair to former national rep Samuela Domoni Junior when it appointed him head coach for the Flying Fijians in 2009.
Former FRU chief executive officer Timothy Daniels (formerly known as Ratu Timoci Tavanavanua) said it was unfair on Domoni since he had not coached at provincial level before he was appointed to the top job.
“He did not have the credentials because he had not coached at the level needed for one to be appointed national coach,” Daniels said.
“I felt that it was very unfair on Domoni.”
Daniels said the national coach position demanded that the appointee be experienced with good rugby knowledge.
Domoni was appointed coach, replacing Ilivasi Tabua, whose contract was terminated.
Tabua had since taken the FRU to arbitration, with the Employment Tribunal of the Ministry of Labour ruling that he was unfairly terminated from his job.

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