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Rugby furore

Arin Kumar
Saturday, February 01, 2014

DIGICEL Fiji has warned it will take legal action against the Fiji Rugby Union to protect its contractual rights to properties which it has sponsored since 2006.

The mobile phone company had asked FRU to sign a memorandum of agreement by yesterday afternoon so that it could immediately release a cash advance of $250,000 to Rugby House.

In a statement yesterday, Digicel chief executive Maurice McCarthy confirmed the company's next move and said they were committed towards the growth of the sport.

McCarthy said: "We understand how important rugby is to the people of Fiji and we as part of this nation want to ensure that we can continue to help support the growth of the sport," he said.

"We are disappointed that this involved legal proceedings but we are firm on our commitments to Fiji and to rugby."

He said they hoped to find an amicable solution.

Questions sent to the FRU yesterday remained unanswered when this edition went to press.

Rugby House had earlier deferred the announcement of its sponsors as it searches for the best offer.

McCarthy said: "We understand how important rugby is to the people of Fiji and we as part of this nation want to ensure that we can continue to help support the growth of the sport," he said.

"We are disappointed that this involved legal proceedings but we are firm on our commitments to Fiji and to rugby."

He said they hoped to find an amicable solution.

Questions sent to the FRU yesterday remained unanswered when this edition went to press.

Rugby House had earlier deferred the announcement of its sponsors as it searches for the best offer.