Mosese Tikoitoga wants New Zealand to waive the travel ban for him, so he can attend the Rugby World Cup but he doesn't want to play the game. Certainly, not by Kiwi rules, anyway.
Tikoitoga, who was appointed chair of the Fiji Rugby Union after the regime pushed the old board out, has rubbished a suggestion for him quit the military if he wants to get a visa.
New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said two applications from Fiji had been declined, including that of Tikoitoga's, but if he and others wanted a visa, they should resign as player Leone Nakarawa did.
The arrogant Tikoitoga told TV3: "I think this is a stupid comment. I'm military officer and I have never hidden the fact I am one. I will never forsake my country. I will not quit just for the sake of New Zealand rugby.
"I think the New Zealand government should not mix sports and politics. This is not a New Zealand event; it's an international event and it should have been just that."
Fiji was the first team to arrive in New Zealand for the cup, which starts on September 9.
Reporters tried to interview Nakarawa but he looked uncomfortable and hid from the camera when they came out of the terminal. Later on when he couldn't avoid them and was asked if he still supported Bainimarama, he kept walking saying "Uh, no comment, no comment."
Asked if he would have left the military if he didn't have to, Nakarawa had nothing to say.
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