Fiji sack coach to cut costs

27th Jan 2014, 10:41

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Sacked: Inoke Male

Sacked: Inoke Male

The Fijian Rugby Union has sacked their national coach Inoke Male as part of their quest to save money and regain IRB funding.

The Fijian Rugby Union has sacked their national coach Inoke Male as part of their quest to save money and regain IRB funding.

Male was one of five staff dismissed thanks to a scathing IRB report and subsequent withdrawal of funding from the governing body.

"Included in these terminations is the position of (the) national 15's coach which will be advertised locally and internationally," said an FRU statement.

"My termination is out of my power. That is something the FRU board has decided," Male told AFP.

"I would have loved to have taken the team to the Pacific Rugby Cup, the World Cup qualifier against the Cook Islands and the Test matches in Europe in November."

Fiji defend their Pacific Rugby Cup title in less than a month.