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Saru Unhappy With FNRL

October 16
11:45 2014

Vodafone Top 8 winners, Saru Dragons, are frustrated with the Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) over the delay of their proposed match against the winner of the Papua New Guinea club competition.

Dragons assistant manager Esava Bainivalu said yesterday they are hurt and confused as they have been trying to get answers from FNRL.

“This has really hurt us because players, their families and the vanua have kept on asking us when are we going to and we do not know what to tell them,” Bainivalu said.

“The players have worked so hard to win the Vodafone Top 8 and they deserve to go on the tour but nothing is happening and it is now October and we still do not know whether we are going or what is happening.

“We have been calling FNRL to get an answer and all we keep getting is ‘I don’t know’ and that is not good enough.”

When contacted, FNRL chairman Reverend Dr Immanuel Reuben said they are awaiting confirmation of the date from PNG.

“At the moment, PNG are having their club competitions and they have told us that once their competitions have finished, which will be in November, then they will tell us when we can go over,” he said.

“So the trip to PNG can happen in November or February next year. PNG are the ones who are sponsoring us and inviting us to go over. We do not tell them when we want to go, they are the ones who will initiate the move and we will go at their convenience not ours and we have sent an email to the manager of Saru Dragons and also to Vodafone.”

Bainivalu said Rev Reuben should step down and senior FNRL staff members should step if they cannot deliver what they have promised.

“They are not doing what they are supposed to do and not giving us a straight answer. We are the ones who choose them to be on the board but they are not doing their jobs,” said Bainivalu.

“I’m planning to write a letter in regards of this to the other clubs because if they cannot do their job then they need to step down and put someone in place that can do it. We have seen the same thing over and over. They promise us something and don’t deliver. If nothing is being done or changed, I will bring to light all their issues that are going on.”

Meanwhile, a team from the FNRL will be travelling to Saru Village on Friday to discuss about the matter.




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