10 Dec 2014

Sport: Fiji Rugby Union in the dark over 7s broadcast dispute

1:28 pm on 10 December 2014

The Fiji Rugby Union says it doesn't know if local fans will be able to watch this weekend's World Series Sevens tournament in South Africa.

The sport's governing body, World Rugby, pulled the plug on broadcast coverage of last weekend's Dubai Sevens, after discovering the government had imposed a decree requiring matches to be shared across all television channels.

An online stream was made available but World Rugby they were forced into withholding the broadcast feed because the government refused to enter into meaningful dialogue.

The Chief Executive of the Fiji Rugby Union, Radrodro Tabualevu, says they've had no contact with World Rugby or the government and remain in the dark over future plans.

"I'm not sure. I wouldn't be able to confirm either way. We are not party to these discussions. We get our news through the media - also through the international media of course - [but] apart from that we have no direct link, no. We would like for the games to be streamed but we acknowledge that there is a law in place in Fiji and World Rugby is not necessarily agreeable to that law. On our part we are just going to concentrate on getting the team ready and looking forward to this weekend for a better performance from Fiji".

Fiji lead the World Sevens Series from South Africa going into this weekend's third round in Port Elizabeth.

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