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FRU furore

Amenatave Yaconisau Suva After the seemingly miserable years of rugby administration, the saga continues at the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) with Digicel taking them to court for breach of contractual
02 Feb 2014 08:04

Amenatave Yaconisau
Suva

After the seemingly miserable years of rugby administration, the saga continues at the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) with Digicel taking them to court for breach of contractual rights.
This cannot come at a worse time with the recent announcement by IRB withdrawing its grant.
Obviously external funding sources will be affected and indicators are that we may have more problems ahead.
We currently have a good brand in our 7s rugby, but it seems that FRU’s ability to meet its obligations to them is weak, and the FRU is making a public plea for support in USA and Wellington.
Support will come alright because we love our team, its brand and the FRU brand image, but this is a bad state of things; the risk of disappearance from international rugby for a variety of reasons.
The writing is on the wall; terminations, rumours, legal actions, what next.
Fiji rugby fans expect quick results from its board since they were announced. They are supposed to be rapid decision makers dealing with great outputs rather than awaiting court decisions.
In the past the chairman and board members had vast experience in the rugby game and its administration.
Most have had reputations for reviving provincial and national rugby teams after experiencing hard times.
I don’t doubt for a moment that the current board are quick thinkers, with people who are responsible for great changes in their own line of business.
I implore that we must get leading practitioners in local and international rugby, tell them what we want, and the date of delivery, and I am sure we will get the goods.




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