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Fiji Rugby Union Chairman Withdraws From World Rugby Council

Mr O’Connor also expressed his disappointment at those who had taken to social media recently to undermine all the good work and achievements of Fiji Rugby.
23 Apr 2020 16:44
Fiji Rugby Union Chairman Withdraws From World Rugby Council
Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor in Suva on July 9, 2019. Photo: Grace Narayan

Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) chairman, Francis Kean has withdrawn his nomination for the May 12th election to the World Rugby Executive Committee after he stood down from the World Rugby Council.

Kean was one of the eight nominations vying for the seven positions of the executive committee.

Kean’s nomination was supported by the French Rugby Federation.

FRU Chief Executive Officer, John O’Connor confirmed that the decision by the Chairman has been communicated to World Rugby.

“Earning a seat on the World Rugby Council has not been easy and through Commander Kean’s visionary, sound and assertive leadership since 2015 we have managed to achieve this goal,” he said.

“This in itself has been a milestone achievement for Fiji Rugby, something all Fijians should be proud of.”

“We respect the decision taken by our Chairman and we also thank the French Rugby Union (FFR) for supporting our nomination,” O’Connor added.

Mr O’Connor also expressed his disappointment at those who had taken to social media recently to undermine all the good work and achievements of Fiji Rugby.

“What’s important now is our safety during these extraordinary times and the need for everyone to comply with the instructions from our authorities. We look forward to the day when things can get back to normal.” O’Connor said.

In another statement issued by World Rugby, it stated that O’Connor will replace Kean on the council.

“The Fiji Rugby Union have confirmed that their seat on the World Rugby Council will be filled by union CEO John O’Connor.

“While it is important to stress that any allegations must be validated, following dialogue with World Rugby, the Fiji Rugby Union recognises the seriousness of the allegations made and the need for them to be fully investigated.

“There are now seven nominations for seven seats on the World Rugby Executive Committee, which will be confirmed at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the World Rugby Council, held by teleconference on 12 May,” the World Rugby statement added.

Edited by Simione Haravanua

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