4 Nov 2014

Sport: Fiji Rugby CEO blames AGM issue on player numbers

12:23 pm on 4 November 2014

The Chief Executive of Fiji Rugby Union Radrodro Tabualevu says a drop in player numbers has led to the union's inability to hold an Annual General Meeting this year.

The opposition SODELPA Shadow Minister for Youth & Sports has called on the Fiji Rugby Union to be more transparent in its dealings about the issues it faces and to explain what is causing their problems.

The FRU's last two attempted AGMs have failed to meet quorum with the union blaming constitutional problems.

Tabualevu says they cannot hold an AGM with the constitution the way it is and changes have to be made.

However he says normally changes to the constitution are done in the AGM so other ways need to be sought to amend it.

The FRU will now be approaching the courts to assist.

Tabualevu says the issue lies with the amount of Fijian players now plying their trade overseas.

"Our player base in Fiji is reduced so therefore we do not have as many teams as we used to have and the number of delegates that you as a union can put up at an AGM depends on the number of delegates. Case in point is one of our biggest unions, Suva, our capital city. They used to have more than 50 teams now they are down to 36 so whereas before they had five delegates, now they have only three."

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