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Poor judgement

Josefa Makaba
Sunday, April 29, 2012

THE Fiji Rugby Union Annual General Meeting held at the Army Training Group in Nasinu yesterday heard that the team to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand was selected almost 18 months before the team was named.

FRFU Chairman Mosese Tikoitoga said this was brought to light during a Board of Inquiry organised to look into the preparations and participation of the Flying Fijians team to last year's RWC.

Tikoitoga said what they found out was that the selection of the team was solely done by the two assistant coaches Greg Mumm and Shannon Fraser.

"There was no consultation with the local development officers, the High Performance Unit or even the national selectors," Tikoitoga said.

"The national selectors had no say in the selection of the team and all they had to do was to sign and endorse the names given to them."

"Even the Head Coach Samu Domoni Junior lacked the confidence to fight his case against the two assistant coaches."

"The team to the RWC was totally run by Mumm and Fraser."

"The local coaches and development officers were not even allowed to talk to the team during their training in Fiji."

Tikoitoga said the board in an attempt to find out the reason behind the poor performance of the Flying Fijians interviewed 20 players, Domoni Junior, the management and FRFU staff who went on the tour.

Tikoitoga said some players had returned to their overseas clubs and also the two assistant coaches Mumm and Fraser were not interviewed because they did not return to Fiji.

The meeting also heard from delegates that the FRFU board need to put in place some planning regarding the FRFU building in Suva.

Northland President Ratu Timoci Vesikula said he believes the board could look for a cheaper property to set up a new office and sell the current FRFU property at Gordon Street in Suva.

The move was supported by the other union delegates.

The motion by Suva Rugby Union regarding a change in the constitution was not discussed because there was no one from the SRU present at the meeting.