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In the dark

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, February 15, 2014

THE International Rugby Board is still waiting for the Fiji Rugby Union's response to a letter sent by the board chairman Bernard Lapasset.

Lapasset sent a letter to the national rugby governing body last year highlighting issues of concern in the union.

Last month, the IRB suspended its direct financial support to the FRU after it found that the union failed to implement recommended measures to address significant concerns regarding the administration and governance of the union.

It said the suspension would remain until the union adopted key financial reporting, administration and governance reforms.

The FRU earlier this month signed a $40million five-year sponsorship deal with the Vodafone Fiji-led consortium in a bid to address its financial viability issue. When Times Sport contacted IRB Oceania general manager William Glenwright to comment on FRU's step towards regaining IRB funding through the new sponsorship signing, he said they were not informed of the latest partnership.

"We are not privy to the details of the partnership and we are also yet to receive a response from the FRU to the letter from the IRB chairman last year," Glenwright said.

Attempts to get comments from FRU acting CEO Doctor Berlin Kafoa and chairman Filimone Waqabaca proved futile as numerous calls made to them this week remained unanswered.

However, FRU board member Doctor Esther Williams said during the union's special general meeting last week in Nadi that they were working towards mending their relationship with the IRB.





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