21 Oct 2004

Fiji national rugby coach fails to appear in court

1:26 pm on 21 October 2004

Fiji's national rugby coach Wayne Pivac has failed to appear in a Suva court today to answer charges of dangerous driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Fiji Times reports that Pivac allegedly exceeded the prescribed alcohol limit when tested by police on September 11.

Magistrate Aminiasi Katonivualiku denied a prosecution application for a bench warrant, accepting a defence assurance that Pivac would appear when next called next Thursday.

Meanwhile, Fiji Rugby Union chief executive Pio Bosco Tikoisuva will step down when his three-year contract expires in December.

He says that after 37 years of continuous struggle, he thinks it's time to give it a rest and let somebody else have a chance in the position.