Payment On The Way For Players

Members of the Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) Fiji Bati squad will be paid their outstanding prize-money in a few weeks. This was confirmed by the Rugby League International Federation
06 Feb 2018 11:00
Payment On The Way For Players
Vodafone Fijian Bati players from left; James Storer,Jaryd Hayne,Ashton Sims and Akuila Uate Photo: FNRL

Members of the Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) Fiji Bati squad will be paid their outstanding prize-money in a few weeks.

This was confirmed by the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) Regional development Manager Tas Baitieri.

The players had threatened to boycott the next test international for Fiji if they were not paid.

Players were supposedly to share $AUD100, 000 (FJ$157,943.33) amongst themselves.

“Within a couple of weeks it should be settled so everybody is working hard to make sure that the player’s obligations are fulfilled,” Baitieri said

He said the Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) wanted it to happen.

“We are doing this on behalf of FNRL so it is going to be very helpful as well.”

“They have not been paid yet because it is not a simple exercise to distribute the prize money that everybody wants because there are obviously regulations are in place for everybody to be aware of and we are trying to work through those issues now.”

He said Fiji and France were among some of the teams that had not been paid yet.

“There are still a few teams who have not received theirs yet, but all of this is a work in progress because it is not a simple exercise to do.”

The process of transferring and converting currencies is a process that takes time.

“Transferring currency to foreign currencies also moving it around is a process that takes a little bit of time and doing it in a lawful manner as well.”

Baitieri is still looking for advice on how to get all the funds in the same pool before any distribution.

“And also how to make that transfer to every individual player, so I have got the details of FNRL saying to pay the player.”


Baitieri said it would have been easier to have paid the players in the rather than from Australia.

“Because the regulations here for payments are very strict guidelines and we have to abide by the laws here.”

FNRL CEO Timoci Naleba said it was the players who chose the option of getting their payments directly from the National Rugby League (NRL) and Rugby League World Cup (RLWC).

“The only thing was, that it was agreed that NRL make the disbursement and not the FNRL, because that was what the players demanded.”

He said the players had demanded for FNRL not to handle, disburse or distribute the money.

“And because of the demand from the players for FNRL not to handle or distribute any cash and that is where we are at right now and we do not want to do that.”

Naleba said they would be doing everything they could in order get everything sorted.


“Not a single cent from the RLWC is here with us, all those money are with the RLWC and the NRL.”

He said no cent was sent to Fiji due to the demands made by the players for the FNRL not to do anything with the money.

“The understanding was there that all payments be made from Australia with the assistance of RLWC and NRL.”


Naleba said they were aware of the complaints made by the RLWC Fiji Bati players regarding the payments and them planning to stand down in future internationals.

“That particular report is from a few players demanding for that payment but our assurance is that no prize money from the World Cup will come to the FNRL because it is going to be shared equally to all the players.”

FNRL had given their endorsement and approval to the NRL and RLWC for the release of the funds to the players.

“FNRL also provided the NRL and the RLWC with the list of players and their bank accounts.”

He said as far as they were concerned NRL and RLWC would be making their necessary changes and then they would be informing the FNRL, then from there to the players.

Naleba said that the FNRL would be doing all it could in accommodating and addressing the issue.

Edited by Anasilini Ratuva


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