World Rugby says it wants the best for Fiji Rugby

Semi Radradra of Fiji is tackled by Sam Costelow of Wales during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between Wales and Fiji at Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux on September 10, 2023 in Bordeaux, France. Photo: Adam Pretty - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images

World Rugby is involved with the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) because it wants the Fijians to reach their full potential on the world stage, a spokesperson from the sport’s governing body says.

While responding to RNZ Pacific’s questions in relation to their reported involvement in the selection of the Flying Fijians head coach, World Rugby said its involvement is across the board, from management and governance, to high performance.

Following the disbanding of the former FRU Board early in 2023, World Rugby stepped in and gave the green light for the government-appointed interim Trustees Board to get the union back on track.

It has given the trustees until June this year to complete their work.

“All stakeholders are committed to a strong and stable Fiji Rugby Union reaching its full potential on the world stage,” World Rugby said in an email response.

“Significant progress has been achieved since the transformative roadmap was agreed in May 2023 to restore good governance structures.

“This work includes supporting the union’s high performance programmes, which are crucial to the performance of the national teams.”

When asked why it is involved in the selection of the Flying Fijians head coach and other coaching and high performance unit appointments, World Rugby said it works with the FRU to achieve performances.

“Performances at the men’s rugby world cup in particular endorse the decisions taken so far, and all parties continue to drive towards a common goal.”

FRU Trustees Board chairman Peter Mazey revealed earlier this month that World Rugby has the final say on the selection of the Flying Fijians head coach position and that has caused the delay in them (FRU) making the announcement on who will lead the Fijian men’s 15s team.

The two who have been shortlisted are former Flying Fijians assistant coach Senirusi Seruvakula and current Fijian Drua head coach Mick Bryne.

According to a report by the Fiji Sun, Mazey said the coach will be announced this week.

“You are right to expect an announcement shortly,” he was quoted by the newspaper.

Source: RNZ