31 Aug 2011

Fiji rugby boss plans complaint to IRB over NZ visa refusal

12:51 pm on 31 August 2011

The Fiji Rugby Union is to lodge an official complaint against the New Zealand Government over the rejection of Chairman Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga's visa application.

Colonel Tikoitoga applied for a New Zealand visa last week to accompany the Flying Fijians to the Rugby World Cup and says he has received official word from the New Zealand Government that his visa has been rejected.

He has told FBC News he knew the visa would be rejected, but the application had to be made to allow the New Zealand Government to make an official stand.

He says it is unfortunate that New Zealand has imposed politics upon an international event such as the Rugby World Cup, and the Union will be complaining to the International Rugby Board.

Colonel Tikoitoga says New Zealand should not be holding international tournaments if it is going to sanction who can play and who can't.