17 Dec 2016

Fiji's FRU accused of inaction over players contracts

11:36 am on 17 December 2016

The Fiji Rugby Union has been accused of inaction and stalling when it comes to contracting its sevens players.

The FRU has come under fire from Opposition political parties, former coach Ben Ryan and the Fiji public for not having their players under contract during the opening rounds of the World series.

The union said the employment contracts of the team had expired but they were still getting relevant allowances.

But critics say this only amounts to a daily allowance of up to 100 Fiji dollars when playing.

The Opposition Sodelpa party recommends that players be on contracts of 30,000 Fiji dollars per year.

General Secretary Adi Litia Qionibaravi said the FRU needs to provide more information.

"All they are saying is that they will have to wait for the new sevens coach. The coach will sort of decide how much to pay and perhaps when to pay."

"In the meanwhile the boys have their families to feed and Christmas is at hand. There just isn't enough consideration to the boys' welfare," she said.