THE Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) has revealed that it had sought funds for the Fiji Secondary Schools under-18 side for its Australia tour.
The FRU said the under-18 side had to ask for donations in Australia to assist them with accommodation and meals as the FRU failed to assist them with funding.
On its website fijirugby.com the FRU said the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union had requested for money just a week before their departure.
"This is to confirm that at present FSSRU does not come under the FRU and is only an affiliate," the statement said.
"The FSSRU requested FRU for funding a week before the U18 tour departure and FRU was unable to provide funding due to financial constraints.
The side was asking for $80,000 a week before they left the country.
The statement added that FRU tried every possible means by contacting potential funders to assist FSSRU.
"The FRU sympathises with the plight of the U18 team and will continue to work with the FSSRU whenever possible for the development of rugby in Fiji."
However, the team manager Lionel Danford told Times Sport from Australia that they did not ask for anything.
"We are OK here and the hostel we are staying in is providing the meals and everything for us," he said.
"And the Fijian community here is very supportive of us and they have come on their own to assist us in any way they could."
The U18 side won their first match against New South Wales Country Schoolboys 74-10 on Monday.
They play their second game against the New Zealand schoolboys today.
Danford said the team morale was high in camp and they were looking forward to the game.
"The coaches said defence is one area they are working on improving because the NZ side will be very tough.
"They have looked at the defensive structure after our first match and they are preparing well for tomorrow's (today's) match."
Vetaia Tokoni is the only player injured as an opponent stepped on his toe in the first match.