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Three out of FRU board

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, June 01, 2014

THREE Fiji Rugby Union board of directors were ousted from their positions after a vote of no confidence at the annual general meeting in Nadi yesterday.

The motion of no confidence was moved from the floor at the beginning of the meeting and this prevented the audited financial report and the draft constitution being tabled.

Out of the board are Mosese Taga, Doctor Esther Williams and Filimone Vatuvoka. These three members and Daniel Whippy were elected by the council.

Whippy retained his position.

Marika Luveniyali (Naitasiri), Tiko Matawalu (Nadroga) and John O'Conner (Suva) were appointed as the new directors on an interim basis.

Berlin Kafoa, Baljeet Singh, Napolioni Batimala and Carl Ngamoki-Cameron remain on the board.

FRU chairman Filimone Waqabaca said the board of directors would now call for another annual general meeting soon.

"Because of the motion that was brought up at the beginning of the meeting, the whole discussions then centred on that and the need to appoint replacements," Waqabaca said.

"The meeting was deferred twice before because we did not have a quorum. Then today (yesterday) there was a move from the floor of no confidence against the current FRU board, in particular against the four nominated by the council.

"So replacements have been announced on an interim basis. We will now arrange for another annual general meeting soon. We have to go through the financial report as it was not tabled at this meeting and also the draft constitution."

"I told the council that this is their board which they elect every two years. I mentioned that at the end of the day the interest in rugby should be paramount.

"We must all work towards the betterment of rugby. I take my hat off to the board that had been in place from May 10 of last year."

The AGM is likely to coincide with one of the Test matches in the country this month.

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