20 Aug 2009

Panel to manage Fiji rugby team after Tabua sacking

6:36 pm on 20 August 2009

The Fiji Rugby Union is planning to appoint a three-man panel to manage the national squad for the rest of this year, after sacking the coach Ilivasa Tabua earlier this week.

Mr Tabua was dumped for what the union chairman Bill Gavoka calls an incident unbecoming to Fiji rugby during the Pacific Nations Cup.

He wouldn't elaborate beyond saying it involved alcohol.

Meanwhile Mr Gavoka says a temporary management team should soon be in place for the national side.

"The likely scenario is that [of ] a technical advisor from abroad to help two of our guys - one to look after the forwards and one to look after the backline - so the three should be sufficient to prepare the team for the northern hemisphere tour in November. I mean a lot of work has gone into this. It is a matter of just getting the three together to take over from where Ili [Ilivasa Tabua] was."

Fiji rugby union chairman Bill Gavoka