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FRU board forfeits pay

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, January 12, 2014

THE Fiji Rugby Union has revealed its board members and the acting chief executive officer Doctor Berlin Kafoa are not being paid for their services.

It said despite the FRU constitution stating "that they should be paid", the board members were sacrificing their sitting allowances in a bid to improve the financial status of the union.

Reacting to a letter in The Fiji Times Letters to the Editor column, Dr Kafoa in a statement said "until the FRU financial situation changes, the FRU board to date has forfeited its privileges and in some instances personally paid for some of the FRU expenses".

Letter writer Tawake Kolinisau of Sawani challenged those at the helm of FRU to forfeit three months pay as done by the Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan.

Dr Kafoa said to minimise expenses no board member had travelled on overseas tours at the union's expense as previously practised. He said board member Dr Esther Williams attended the Gold Coast 7s at her own expense and board chairman Filimone Waqabaca would travel to the Las Vegas 7s also at his own expense.

Dr Kafoa said no board members went on the Flying Fijians Northern tour.

"All board members have paid their own expenses to attend FRU meetings around Fiji and in some instances personally paid for the food and beverages that was provided.

"Board members Billy Singh and Daniel Whippy paid for the food and beverages for the SGM at the Fiji Golf Club in 2013.

"The FRU board personally paid for the drinks provided at the Fiji International and Oceania 7s dinner in 2013."

Coach Ryan, who is overwhelmed with the support of the nation, said he was "glad to have done what I have done.

"Players are sacrificing lots as well to play at the moment. None of them are contracted. They didn't get bonuses for the last two tournaments unfortunately. They are giving up a lot as there are lots of people in Fiji and I don't see anything unusual for me. I feel we are doing our best so that the boys can do as well as they can and fulfil their potential."

Meanwhile, the Fiji National Sports Commission has approved FRU's application to assist with Ryan's pay and the Englishman is expected to get his first pay this month.

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