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Rugby war

Rodney Duthie
Thursday, February 06, 2014

THE national 7s team in Wellington remains in the dark like the rest of the nation over Fiji rugby's sponsorship.

Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan said they had not received any word from Rugby House on the supposed new multi-million-dollar deal.

He said he had only read in the media about Rugby House's sponsorship.

"I'm unaware of any deal. We haven't heard anything from Fiji," Ryan said.

Ryan said there were no plans to receive jerseys from Fiji with the sponsor's logo.

He said this as the team trained for the opening of the Wellington Sevens tomorrow.

The players were in high spirits yesterday and were unfazed by the controversy surrounding the sponsorship issue.

FRU board member Baljeet Singh said they would refrain from making any comments until legal matters are sorted.

Digicel Fiji stated it had commenced legal proceedings against FRU to protect its contractual rights to Fiji rugby properties which it sponsored since 2006.

"There were expressions of interest to sponsor FRU, the board vetted the expressions and made a decision and we were about to reveal the sponsor when Digicel filed a case against us," Mr Singh said.

He neither confirmed nor refuted claims made on social media website Facebook that Vodafone Fiji is the new sponsor for FRU.

"We are refraining from commenting until after the court case."

Fiji's first game is against New Zealand at 2.06pm tomorrow.

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