December 12, 2016
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Ryan’s comments disappoints FRU

The Fiji Rugby Union has expressed its disappointment at former Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan’s constant remarks on social media about the team’s performance.

Ryan has been commenting on tweeter about the team’s performances and his recent tweet asking players to be contracted has not gone down well with the FRU clarifying the player payment issue.

FRU Chief Executive, Mr John O’Connor in a statement said while they appreciate Ryan’s contribution to Fiji Rugby and the success they have achieved through his leadership of the 7s team,  they have made a new coaching appointment and need to give the new coach the opportunity to select his team and carry out his task.

“He (Ryan) has chosen to move on to other challenges which we respect and all have accepted but it seems it is difficult for him to move on,” said Mr O’Connor.

“The FRU has also appointed a new Coach and he will lead the Fiji Men’s 7s Team moving forward and we all need to give Baber a chance including Ben Ryan.”

“It is no longer Ben Ryan’s Team and Ben must understand this and he must allow our new Coach Baber to deal with the issues in relation to his team. “

He said all players that were selected for the first leg of the IRB Series revolved around Ben Ryan’s extended squad and their employment contracts with FRU expired after the Olympics.

Mr O’Connor however clarified that the players have been paid their relevant allowances while in camp and while on tour for the two tournaments.    

The FRU CEO highlighted that Coach Baber will commence duty on the 2nd of January 2016 and the FRU believes it is only fair that he watches our local competition and selects his own team and the FRU intends to work with Coach Baber in contracting the selected extended squad for 2017 and beyond.

“This was the same opportunity given to Ben when he started.”

Mr O’Connor added that there is no truth in Ryan’s comments that FRU has lost its sponsorship and funding.

“FRU has been having ongoing discussions with the Fiji National Sports Commission and our Sponsors in relation to the contracting of our 7s players both men and women,” he said.

By Reginald Chandar

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