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Male's out

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

FLYING Fijians head coach Inoke Male's contract has been terminated by the Fiji Rugby Union.

Male, who took over the job in the beginning of 2012, was yesterday named as one of the five employees whose contracts have been terminated "effective immediately".

Times Sports understands a former national team manager and FRU marketing officer have also been fired.

FRU in a statement undersigned by its board of directors said the union "has begun the restructure of FRU taking into consideration the financial constraints and the review by the International Rugby Board.

"FRU have made some positions redundant whilst the responsibilities of some positions have been absorbed by current staff and some positions will be re-advertised.

"FRU has implemented the termination clauses in their FRU contracts and will be paying the employees two to three months salary as part of the termination clause specified in their respective contracts."

FRU acting chief executive officer Doctor Berlin Kafoa had earlier told Times Sports that Male's future would be decided after the 2013 end-of-year tour to Europe review.

The union also applied for the coaching grant from the Fiji National Sports Commission for the national 15s coach, which was approved earlier this month.

FRU said it would advertise the position of national 15s coach "locally and internationally".

Under Male's reign, the national side won the Pacific Nations Cup competition for the first time last year.

Fiji also improved on its ranking to 11th on the IRB standings from the 16th spot when the former national rep took charge of the team

Dr Kafoa and Male cannot be reached for further comments yesterday as calls made to them remained unanswered.