Cash-strapped Fiji sack coach Male
January 27, 2014
The cash-strapped Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) has sacked coach Inoke Male less than a month before it starts its defence of the Pacific Rugby Cup.
Male was one of five coaches dismissed as part of a restructuring process that follows the IRB's decision to suspend all financial aid after failures to address concerns over administration and governance. It means the FRU is without a support network which last year supplied them £1.1 million in direct funding.
Fiji are due to defend their Pacific Rugby Cup at the end of February against the likes of Tonga, Samoa, an Argentine XV and development teams from Australian Super Rugby sides. The FRU has not confirmed how much money it will save from the dismissals.
Coach Male admits he had no say in the decision to part company with Fiji.
"My termination is out of my power. That is something the FRU board has decided," he said.
"I would have loved to have taken the team to the Pacific Rugby Cup, the World Cup qualifier against the Cook Islands and the Test matches in Europe in November."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
"I am bored of hearing 'I can't fault the effort'. Let us take that for granted and look for some quality." John Taylor writes
Reports comparing the 2014 Wallabies with their rabble-like predecessors of 2005 are unfair and self-serving, Greg Growden reports
Wales did the All Blacks a favour with their best effort against New Zealand for many years, for 68 minutes at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Craig Dowd writes
In the wake of another perfect November series, Monday Maul talks to NZRU CEO Steve Tew about the constant demand for perfection