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Male axing was 'unexpected'

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

TERMINATED Flying Fijians head coach Inoke Male has revealed that he had no warning his job was in jeopardy.

Fiji Rugby Union on Monday terminated the contract of five of its employees including Male's.

The former Flying Fijian was disappointed with the decision

"My termination is out of my power. That is something the FRU board has decided," he told AFP.

"I would have loved to have taken the team to the Pacific Rugby Cup, the world cup qualifier against the Cook Islands and the Test matches in Europe in November."

FRU said in a statement the move was part of the "restructure of FRU taking into consideration the financial constraints and the review by the International Rugby Board".

The IRB earlier this month reluctantly suspended its annual funding of $3.3million to FRU because of the "significant concerns regarding the administration and governance of the union".

Fiji starts its 2014 season with the title defence of the Pacific Rugby Cup campaign in Australia next month.

This year's PRC will have Tonga, Samoa, an Argentine XV and development teams from Australian Super 15 sides participating.

Tailevu coach Lance Whippy has been reportedly appointed the coach of the Fiji Warriors.





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