Fiji face IRB probe

IRB representatives will travel to Fiji next month to investigate a crisis that could prevent the country from competing at the 2011 World Cup.

The IRB said in a statement that chief executive Mike Miller and regional general manager for Oceania William Glenwright would meet with senior FRU representatives in early February to discuss the issues.

‘The IRB does have concerns that the current situation could create instability and have a negative impact on the management of the union and key IRB-funded development and high performance programmes and also Rugby World Cup 2011 preparations,’ read the statement.

‘These concerns have been communicated to the union, who have fully assisted with our ongoing enquiries.’

According to the New Zealand Herald, the Fijian government offered F$3 million for World Cup preparations on the condition that the FRU resigned. The board and FRU chief executive Keni Dakuidreketi resigned and a special board meeting was due to be held next week to elect new board members.

But the Fiji Sun has revealed that the interim board had rejected Dakuidreketi’s resignation and cancelled the meeting following a letter from the IRB.

Fiji have been drawn in the same World Cup group as the Springboks.