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FRU takes RKS to task

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, August 09, 2014

THE Fiji Rugby Union will make a submission to the independent International Rugby Board (IRB) sanctioned disciplinary committee to have Ratu Kadavulevu School (RKS) suspended from the Deans competition.

RKS failed to release the five players in its under-18 team to participate in Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China which begins next week.

FRU CEO Radrodro Tabualevu met the RKS principal Beniamino Tawake yesterday morning but the latter remained adamant on his decision not to release the players.

Players named in the forwards Joseva Rauga, Ratu Epeneri Uluiviti, Timoci Meya, rover Ratu Filimoni Nawabalavu and playmaker Filipe Qoro are the Lodoni team's kingpins in the Deans under-18 final against Lelean Memorial School next weekend.

"The FRU will make a submission to the independent IRB sanctioned disciplinary committee to have RKS suspended from the Deans competition for not only bringing disrepute to the Fiji U18 7s team to Nanjing, China and not supporting the development of rugby in Fiji by releasing these players for national duties," Tabualevu said in a statement.

Coach Sale Sorovaki said they could not do much but compete with the available players in the Youth Olympics which will be held from August 16 to 28.

According to the Youth Olympics rules, the replacements can only be made for injured players.

Sorovaki said it was unfortunate to come across such a situation adding they would try their best to win the gold medal with only seven players in the team.

Meanwhile, Team Fiji presented its i-tatau to Minister for Youth and Sports Viliame Naupoto yesterday.

The team will leave the country on Monday.

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