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So the military regime can clean up when it wants to. In a harsh move following on from the disastrous Fiji campaign at the Rugby World Cup, the Fiji Rugby Union has dismissed the Flying Fijians team and selectors.
The decision was announced by the FRU chairman, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga, who said it was part of seven recommendations the board approved at a meeting last night.
FBC quoted Tikoitoga today as saying: "The board has also agreed to dismiss the current national selectors and we will choose our next selectors from the group of contracted coaches from the major unions. The board has also agreed to put some of our permanent staff on temporary employment."
The first two players to be told they had been given the boot were coach Samu Domoni and High Performance Unit manager, Talemo Waqa.
Fiji Village is, meanwhile, reporting that the FRU has also identified the players who it says did not abide by their contracts while in New Zealand. It says these players went out night clubbing and "will face the consequences with their final payment of $15,000 dollars to be deducted."
Players were to be paid $30,000 all up: $15,000 before the tournament and the rest after. All vacant posts will now be advertised and some people will be able to reapply but pay cuts are tipped. The position of CEO is expected to be appointed in January.
Fiji's performance at the tournament was the worse out of all of the Pacific teams; so bad that it no longer has automatic qualification and will have to earn a place in the next World Cup in 2015.
Critics have blamed the regime for Fiji's shabby performance saying the military takeover of the FRU months before the tournament was responsible for destabilising the Flying Fijians' campaign.