IRB suspends funding of Fiji rugby

IRB suspends funding of Fiji rugby over governance concerns

The International Rugby Board has confirmed it has suspended all financial support to the Fiji Rugby Union because of concerns over the union's financial reporting, administration and governance.

The IRB said in a statement on Saturday the decision was "reluctantly made after the union failed to implement recommended measures to provide assurances to the IRB that it was appropriately moving to address significant concerns."

The recommended changes to the FRU's administration and financial management followed a review carried out by the IRB after Fiji appealed in May for emergency financial assistance.

The IRB said the financial position of the FRU is unsustainable "and could create instability and impact on the management of the union and key IRB-funded development and high-performance programs."