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7s Rep’s Unpaid Bills

The Fiji Rugby Union yesterday paid off the bill incurred by Vodafone Fijian 7s rep Savenaca Rawaca at the Suva Private Hospital. And FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor intends
29 Apr 2016 09:01
7s Rep’s Unpaid Bills
Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor.

The Fiji Rugby Union yesterday paid off the bill incurred by Vodafone Fijian 7s rep Savenaca Rawaca at the Suva Private Hospital.

And FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor intends to take the matter further by reporting the Fiji Teachers Association to the Ministry of Education and the Commissioner of Police.

Meanwhile, the Fijian Teachers Association is standing by its offer to pay the bill (see below).

Rawaca was admitted at the Suva Private Hospital after the Hong Kong Sevens earlier this month and the FTA agreed to pay his hospital bill of $6000.

But O’Connor yesterday clarified that the hospital called the FRU to settle the bill after Rawaca was discharged.

“The FRU is disappointed at the Fijian Teachers Association after they failed to pay the bills for Rawaca’s admittance at the Suva Private Hospital,” O’Connor said.

“This came to light after the Suva Private Hospital contacted FRU for the unpaid bills.

“Following FTA commitment in the media that they will pay for Rawaca’s hospital bills, the FRU was notified that no such money was being paid by the FTA.

“This is a sad story where a prominent 7s player and the public were grossly misled and it raises a lot of questions on the credibility of the FTA officials who had arranged for the media to take photos of Rawaca in his hospital bed.

“The FRU has cleared all Rawaca’s bills which amounts to $3000 and will report the matter to the Minister of Education and Commissioner of Police.”

Meanwhile, FTA general secretary Joji Nakaora said the offer was made with good intentions.

“We were there to help and were not craving publicity,” Nakaora said.

“We gave the Suva Private Hospital our local purchase order (LPO) with the understanding that they will bill us at the end of the month. That’s normal administration/business procedure.

“Our commitment is in the LPO and we are ready to pay at the end of the month. We made an undertaking to help Rawaca and we intend to see it through.”



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