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Wise Issues Legal Threat

Wise Issues Legal Threat
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September 10
11:07 2014

Confusion surrounds the appointment of Shane Morris as the new Vodafone Fiji Bati head coach.

This was after one of the shortlisted candidates Wise Kativerata yesterday threatened to take the Fiji National Rugby League to court claiming that he had signed the coaching contract, which was endorsed by deputy chairman Kitione Tukana.

“The contract was signed and Kitione endorsed as it was the directive from the FNRL chairman,” the Australian Institute of Sports (AIS) certified coach said.

FNRL chairman Reverend Dr Immanuel Reuben said the board was not aware of any signed coaching contract with Kativerata.

“If Kativerata signed a contract it would be deemed invalid since it was done without the approval of the board members,” Rev Dr Reuben said.

“The board is not aware of that. We have followed the proper channel. We received the applications, shortlisted them and then we have interviewed the candidates,” he said when contacted  yesterday.

“I was only involved in the board meeting and it would be very interesting to find out if the contract was signed before the interview or after because we have nothing in our minutes, saying that there was a contract already signed.

“I don’t know (how Wise signed the contract), maybe the deputy chairman or somebody must have done it, but anything that happens we put it through the board.

Tukana is in Sydney undergoing a three-year referee’s course with National Rugby League.

“In rugby league, I believe that it is not my decision, but the collective decision of the board. He (Kitione Tukana) may have done it on his own, but that has no value. If it’s not from the part of the board than it has no value and the paper is invalid.”

Reverend Reuben said they only interviewed two applicants – Kativerata and Morris.

“Shane came personally for the interview, his interview was done a day later than Wise, Shane was present with his wife, and had an interview on Saturday morning. As for John Harbin, we did not interview him on Skype because we knew it would be unfair.”

In regards to Kativerata’s legal threat, Rev Reuben said, “Well if it’s not in our board minutes (the contract Wise signed), that means we haven’t discussed it with the board and we haven’t signed that contract. I’m not worried about it. It’s not an issue for us.”

Meanwhile, Morris is expected to be in the country on Saturday.




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