The testy issue of sanctions and travel bans have surfaced again, with more urgency this week after New Zealand's willingness to offer Roko Ului Mara political asylum if he asks for it.
Prime Minister John Key revealed last week Mara could be allowed in and that Foreign Affairs was looking into how it could be done.
He's since said there's no reason why Mara and his wife, Dolores Thaggard, shouldn't be allowed residence since the former military officer has defected.
Key's enthusiasm has ticked off the illegal prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, who is still trying to have Mara, who he describes as a 'fugitive', extradited from Tonga.
Bainimarama is questioning Key's motives, and is suggesting hypocrisy saying New Zealand refuses to relax the bans for sports people in the military.
The regime was already starting to make noises recently about defying New Zealand and spoiling the World Cup by not attending.
The chair of the Fiji Rugby Union, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga, now says Fiji may not take part in the New Zealand and Australia 7s IRB tournaments next year if the travel sanctions remain in place.
Tikoitoga says the board has written to the IRB asking if it will allow the New Zealand government to dictate which players will make its 15's team to the World Cup in September.
He says the Key government is directly interfering in team selection and is stopping Fiji from sending the best team.
The travel bans have been controversial at times in recent years with some ruling seemingly inconsistent at times.
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