29 Apr 2011

Sport: Fiji Rugby Union chair won't seek reappointment

10:14 am on 29 April 2011

The interim chairman of the Fiji Rugby Union, Rafaele Kasibulu, says he will not be seeking re-election at tomorrow's Annual General Meeting.

Kasibulu took over the chairmanship in January, replacing Villiame Gavoka, after the Commerce Commission's findings that the union had misused funds from its lottery sales.

The interim government threatened to withhold three million Fiji dollars in funding unless a new administration came in but IRB intervention led to a compromise.

Kasibulu says his brief when he took over was to maintain a strong relationship with the interim government and he believes he's done that.

"We held many discussions with the government, from that time until now, and I'm pleased to say that three million dollar offer is still their on the table, pending the outcome of the AGM. Also our preparation for the AGM, everything is going according to plan."

Rafaele Kasibulu says having served on the FRU board for five of the past six years he's looking forward to spending more time helping his local club, the Marist Rugby Union.