Nadroga lodges protest against Suva
1 August, 2017, 12:00 am
NADROGA has lodged a protest against Suva to the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) claiming three players that played for the capital side in the HFC Farebrother challenge last Saturday were not formerly released by the union and clubs
Kini Douglas, Eroni Tuisese and Meli Kurisau played for Suva in its 24-13 victory over Nadroga at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka.
Nadroga team manager, Pita Kedralevu said they lodged two protests with the FRU.
“We lodged one yesterday (Sunday) and another at half past eleven (11:30 am) today (yesterday). We lodged a protest for three players, two players from Naitasiri (Douglas and Tuisese) and one from Nadroga (Kurisaru) who has not yet been released,” Kedralevu said.
He said players had to be released from their former respective clubs and provincial unions in order to be eligible to play for another new club and province.
“According to the law, if you are registered with a club or a union and you don’t play, it doesn’t matter,” Kedralevu said.
In addition, he added, players had to be officially released which Kedralevu said was not the case for the three players.
“The player has to be released from the club, then the provincial union and FRU.”
He said they had substantial evidence to verify their protest.
However, Suva Rugby coach Saiasi Fuli said the players had been registered with the Suva Rugby Union (SRU) and had also played in their club games.
“They have just came back from their police recruitment but for us we are just training as normal this afternoon (yesterday),” Fuli said.
He said they were waiting on the SRU committee to decide on the date and venue of their first HFC Farebrother defence.
Naitasiri head coach Koli Sewabu told this newspaper that Douglas and Tuisese had not featured for them during the 2017 season. Attempts to obtain comments from the FRU remained futile when this edition went to press.