11 Feb 2014

Sport: Fiji 7s coach welcomes player payments

12:03 pm on 11 February 2014

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan has welcomed news that his players will be paid for the first time in almost three months.

Financial troubles at the Fiji Rugby Union came to a head last month when the IRB suspended direct funding of more than 1.5 million US dollars.

But after signing an agreement with Vodafone last week worth up to US $21 million dollars over five years, the Union said all outstanding payments owed to players and coaching staff would be processed in a matter of days.

Ben Ryan says his squad hasn't been paid since November and deserve recognition.

"If we can get some win bonuses for them and they can earn some money playing for Fiji then great because they've worked tirelessly and we're probably the only team on the circuit that won't be receiving any money at the moment so hopefully that will change".