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FRU ready for another IRB review by May

Arin Kumar
Friday, January 17, 2014

THE Fiji Rugby Union is confident it will be ready for another review by the International Rugby Board by the end of May this year.

This comes after the IRB announced it would stop direct funding to the FRU following a review in May last year.

Dr Kafoa said the challenge for them is to ensure the FRU is financially-sustainable without IRB funding.

"We are quietly confident we are going to be financially-viable and the FRU is in control of its own destiny," he said.

"It will also put us in a more negotiable position with the IRB."

FRU board member and head of governance and human recourses subcommittee Dr Esther Williams said it's not cheap to run the FRU and they were doing the best they could with a minimal budget.

"The actions the board has taken immediately is recognising the big deficit it has and put in place a budget deficit reduction plan," she said.

Kafoa also said the FRU did not need an observer as suggested by the IRB.

"One of the IRB conditions with regards to IRB funding was for Mr Vidhya Lakhan to be an observer at the board.

"The FRU board does not agree with the condition that Mr Vidya Lakhan be appointed as an observer to the FRU board.

"The IRB did not consult FRU in making this decision. The FRU board reserves the right to determine whether an observer is needed and reserves the right to determine who the observer should be.

"As highlighted by Dr Williams, the FRU board does not see the need for an observer and is confident that the current board can carry out the necessary changes needed to take the institution forward.

Kafoa said the IRB might not take further action against the FRU and confirmed the government is not involved in FRU operations.

"If completed by May 2014 or earlier, the IRB official will come and conduct another review.

"Also I am confirming, on operational level, I have never had any interference from the government."

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