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Deals off

Maciu Malo
Thursday, February 13, 2014

THE Fiji Rugby Union will not entertain national representatives who hold individual contracts with companies that are in competition with their main sponsor, Vodafone.

And any player who has ambassador status with such sponsors would have to surrender such dealings.

FRU chairman Filimoni Waqabaca confirmed individual players' contracts with past sponsors should be put to rest.

"We will now move on to the next sponsor which is Vodafone and everything related to rugby will have to move in a similar direction as well," he said.

"As per the contract, we are not supposed to be promoting any other product that is in competition with this main sponsor.

"So issues such as individual contracts like that will have to be revealed for proper cause of action to be taken."

Earlier this month, FRU secured a staggering $8million annual sponsorship for five years provided by a consortium of five companies including Vodafone Fiji and Fiji Airways.

Waqabaca said Rugby House was also on the verge of securing sponsorship from Fiji Water and Coca-Cola.

He said the new sponsorship would cover bonus payments for 7s players participating in the IRB's Sevens World Series.

"As long as those sponsorships are not in direct competition with the main sponsors and along with the consortium, we are free to negotiate for some other sponsors," he said.

"Under the new sponsorship a bonus component has been included in the contract which includes if the team wins an IRB 7s tournament it's $25,000, first runner-up will be $15,000 cash bonus. If they reach the semi-finals the team will get $10,000.

"We have lifted the bar to the semi-final, so it gives the players an incentive to aim for higher goals." Provincial unions have also been allowed to carry the name of the sponsors on their jerseys during the Vodafone Cup competition.

* Bolabiu gives up brand ambassador job: PAGE 44





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