30 Jan 2011

No way Fiji regime leader will be at World Cup - NZ

2:15 pm on 30 January 2011

The New Zealand Government says members of Fiji's military regime will not be allowed to attend this year's Rugby World Cup.

It has rejected a report in the Sunday Star-Times that coup leader Frank Bainimarama could be entitled to visit New Zealand for the tournament.

In 2006, the then-Labour Government imposed a range of sanctions on Fiji, including a travel ban on military personnel and their families.

World Cup Minister Murray McCully says these sanctions still apply for the September sporting event.

Mr McCully says he has made New Zealand's position clear to the International Rugby Board.

Commodore Bainimarama deposed the elected government in Fiji in December 2006. It was the fourth coup there since 1987.