6 Feb 2018

Sport: Fiji threaten to boycott league tests over pay dispute

8:18 am on 6 February 2018

Fiji Bati players have threatened to boycott future rugby league Tests after claiming they have yet to be paid for making last year's World Cup semi-final.

Fiji officials confirmed the players released a statement that also demanded a leadership overhaul of the Fiji National Rugby League board.

"The Fiji Bati players are now demanding to be paid and will stand down from playing another Test/international in 2018," the statement said.

"Fiji Bati players are also demanding a Leadership overhaul of current Fiji National Rugby League board from their poor handling of RLWC campaign."

Jarryd Hayne has been a key figure for the Bati.

Jarryd Hayne starred for the Bati at the World Cup. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Rugby League World Cup officials confirmed to AAP that $US100,000 of prize money had been given to Fiji officials after they achieved their third straight semi-finals appearance at the tournament.

The Bati side included NRL stars Jarryd Hayne, Kane Evans, Akuila Uate, Kevin Naiqama Ashton Sims and Suliasi Vunivalu.

The team pulled off one of the great upsets of the tournament when they defeated co-hosts New Zealand 4-2 in the quarter-finals, their first victory over a tier one nation.