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IRB sees 'no problem' with Fiji's dictator coming for Cup

By Derek Cheung for the New Zealand Herald.

The International Rugby Board is indicating tacit support for Fijian dictator Frank Bainimarama to be free to come to New Zealand to support Fiji in the Rugby World Cup.

IRB chief executive Mike Miller has said there are no issues with Fiji at the moment, and they will be dealt with if or when they arise.

"The team hasn't even been selected yet. Let's not create a drama which doesn't exist."

Because of Fiji's lack of progress toward holding democratic elections, the Government has imposed travel sanctions on military personnel, known supporters of the regime, and their families. 

There is also a ban on sports teams, but this doesn't apply to the RWC. Some national players for Fiji have ties to the military regime.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has said the bans could be relaxed in time for the Cup if Fiji showed real progress towards elections.

"The sad fact is members of their administration and military are on the banned list. Unless something happens to allow changes to occur on the sanctions front, those people aren't going to be able to come." Mr McCully said last month.

Asked if he wanted to see Commodore Bainimarama at the event, Mr Miller said: "I think that anyone who wants to come along to the RWC should come along.

"It's not up to me to decide who can come and support their team. We've had good discussions with the Fijian Government on all levels and I don't foresee any problems."

He said there was no need to discuss the matter with the New Zealand Government at the moment.

Meanwhile, Rugby NZ 2011 chief executive Martin Snedden said he hoped the event didn't take a financial hit from the Canterbury quake.

Moving the quarter-finals to Auckland's larger stadium meant 34,000 more tickets could be sold, but that could be offset by pool matches going to smaller stadiums.

"My instinct is there's a chance it will end up roughly neutral. I doubt it will end up positive. It's possible it will end up negative."

He said all the tickets for the Christchurch games were being refunded and those customers would have first crack at tickets for the same games at the new venues.

He criticised media coverage of the fact that only two of the stadiums - in Auckland and Wellington - will have eftpos machines.

"If you listened to the media this week, you were left with the impression we'd withdrawn the wide use of eftpos. That wasn't the case. The number of ATMs in the stadiums for the Cup have been increased from 30 to more than 100. "

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Which country is IRB again? I may have missed which lats. and long. this country is situated. Sa rairai toki taki beke ki China na world cup!!!! hihihihihi...

Anonymous said...

I guess what the IRB are saying is that the team for RWC has not been named and there may not even be any players from the Army selected.
NZ should keep there hardline stance and not give in and believe and BS that the IG spews out about elections in 2014, everyone knows there will be no elections and if there are there will be strict conditions.

Anonymous said...

Let him go to NZ - Easier to arrest him & his Mataivalu ni Solisona Body guards for the killing of CRW soliders in 2000 and innocent others like Verebasaga & Rabaka after 5th December 2006.

bhaini-gaddafi said...

Let the coward dictator come so we can all laugh at him and fat mary. He won't have his goon bodyguards either so maybe he can get a little slap around as well - the parasite.

Anonymous said...

Since when has the IRB set NZ foreign policy?

Anonymous said...

kua na lai valusi oxygen i NZ Frank, rauti iko tu ga na raka ena keba, tamata boci, tawayaga!

Anonymous said...

no, dont let him and his taba 4 lady , mary come to nz
let him stick ass there at qeb
good for nothing

Jake said...

Well this is the best news ever in fact my mate Frank is most welcome to dine with me.

I will slaughter the best beast and offer the best wine I have for our dinner.

Jake

Anonymous said...

Let him come to meet his fate in nz no body guards wil be here we can sort hm out here please frank cme ova

Anonymous said...

Who cares abt nz. Small fry. We got chima amd indonesia behind. Who cares abt what McCully has to say. You just see, he will lose Albany seat this time around. Huge indo fijian swing will go against and vote ACT candidate Manesh Singh in.

Eddie said...

dont full yrself vb...no point going thru nadi ..cos you wont get off in aukland...full stop...

gander the goose said...

@ hey bhaini girl

Bring khaiyim with you so we can both of you a good flogging!!

Anonymous said...

Come to NZ - Any body can make a Citizen's Arrest and beat the shit out of this boci before handing him over to the cops.

He can bring his whole Mataivalu ni Solisona Army with him and than we see what a bunch of bocis they are when the people not military of NZ beat the shit out of them.

BOCI GA NA BOCI.

Anonymous said...

ANON 3.06 AND THE REST OF YOU. NOTHING HAPPENS TO FIJIAN STRONGMEN LIKE FRANK AND RABUKA. THEY USE THE ARMY TO DO THEIR DIRTY WORK AND THEN RUN THE COUNTRY INTO THE GROUND. THEY THEN MILK THE SYSTEM FOR ALL ITS WORTH AND YOU KAIVITI ARE LEFT WITH NOTHING AS ALWAYS IN THE END. WHEN THEY FINALLY RETIRE AND LIVE LIKE A KING YOU WILL CREATE ANOTHER ONE JUST LIKE THEM EITHER ELECTED ON FALSE PROMISES OR A SOLDIER SMARTER THEN THE REST OF HIS PEERS WHO WANTS TO BE PM.IT IS IN YOUR BLOOD TAKE WHAT YOU WANT WITHOUT HARD WORK OR DUE COURSE. ITS GOOD THAT YOU IDIOTS ARE FINALLY REALISING THAT NO COUP IS GOOD NO MATTER HOW ONE SPINS IT. IF ONLY YOU ALL HAD A FUNCTIONING BRAIN IN 1987 AND THEN IN 2000 MAYBE FIJI WOULD HAVE BEEN A DIFFERENT PLACE BY NOW.

Anonymous said...

He should go to NZ so that he, Radio Tarana owner, the max n jake can bang each other in the public toilets in Auckland
Jake - caiti tamamu!

jieke said...

Jake moku na manipusi dua kena vokete
home brew...rauji kemudrau na luveni dosi drau gusu ni poci.

Anonymous said...

Oi lei please give Capitaine katukatu a visa to come to NZ.Sa na sasamuraki vaka vinaka bleri bokola, dau mama chop suey.

Anonymous said...

Jake's already offered to host Bhainiboci, and I'm sure they're sharing the same bed. Heard that invites have been sent to Semi, Max and the Radio Tarana owner to join them two.

Qaseta said...

Ka ni qauri qase hahaaaaa

Vuso a gusuna said...

O Jake qori dua na dau mama boci mai Labasa ei Nausori..au qai vuso wale ga a gusuna lei...

Sniper said...

I have a 7.62mm with VB engraved on it.He won't get past customs at AA.