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Respect Jarryd, Fijians: FRU

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor is disappointed in the criticism by overseas media regarding Jarryd Hayne’s decision to play for the Vodafone Fijians 7s team. Sydney Morning
20 May 2016 09:20
Respect Jarryd, Fijians: FRU
Jarryd Hayne

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor is disappointed in the criticism by overseas media regarding Jarryd Hayne’s decision to play for the Vodafone Fijians 7s team.

Sydney Morning Herald columnist Peter Fitzsimmons referred to Fijians as “bastards” in his article, stating that Hayne’s inclusion into the Fijian team would mean those players who have worked hard to be considered for selection “will miss out.”

“I say it is STILL a bit bloody much! For it will mean that some poor bastard in Fiji who has been dreaming of his selection for the past seven years or so, who was in all likelihood counting on his selection to lift his family’s financial boat in the water … will miss out.”

O’Connor said whether it was players in the team or those vying for a spot outside the team, Fijian players deserve respect.

“FRU is concerned that some media have used some very unsuitable words in referring to Fijians,” O’Connor said.

“We pride ourselves with rugby and whether it is players currently in the team or those who are not in the team and wishing to join, they deserve respect.”

Since Hayne dropped the bombshell on Monday when he announced that he was retiring from National Football League (NFL) namely the San Francisco 49ers, overseas media has lashed out at the 28-year-old.

O’Connor said Hayne’s decision is his alone and that people need to respect it.

“Jarryd put his hands up to represent Fiji at the Olympics and Coach Ben Ryan has given him that opportunity to do so,” he said.

“But that is Jarryd’s decision and we need to respect that.”

Ben Ryan will name the final 12 for the London 7s today.

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