20 Feb 2008

IRB confident issues between New Zealand and Fiji will be resolved

10:20 am on 20 February 2008

The International Rugby Board's chief executive, Mike Miller is confident that New Zealand's ruling against some Fiji players taking part in sports in this country won't be an issue for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

New Zealand restricted visas for sports people from Fiji who have any association with the military, following the military coup of 2006.

Miller believes common sense will prevail.

"We would hope that sporting principals would prevail and in the end they always seem to which is good, yes sometimes there are issues between governments but we found they can be resolved with patience behind the scenes."

Meanwhile, the IRB has given the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand an a plus rating.