Rugby - Fiji Rugby Union un­aware of Ryan’s Su­per Rugby plan

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The Fiji Rugby Union says it has no knowl­edge of spon­sor­ship ne­go­ti­a­tions be­ing con­ducted by for­mer na­tional sev­ens coach Ben Ryan aimed at en­ter­ing a Pa­cific team in the Su­per Rugby com­pe­ti­tion. Ryan told Bri­tain’s Daily Tele­graph news­pa­per he has se­cured prom­ises of more than $35 mil­lion to fund the project which he hopes will end the player drain from the Pa­cific Is­lands. How­ever FRU chief ex­ec­u­tive John O’Con­nor told the Fiji Vil­lage news web­site Wed­nes­day that the union is not party to the ne­go­ti­a­tions and Ryan is not act­ing on the FRU’s be­half. Ryan’s plan in­cludes the con­struc­tion of a sta­dium at De­na­rau near the ma­jor city of Nadi. O’Con­nor said the FRU has its own plans for a sta­dium which it has al­ready flagged with World Rugby.

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