FRU endorses cost cutting measures

Fiji Rugby Union CEO John O'Connor. Picture: FT FILE

FIJI Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor confirmed that in view of the limited activities and the financial challenges faced by the Union, the Fiji Rugby Union Board has endorsed cost cutting measures to ensure their financial integrity and sustainability to ensure rugby will be ready for kick off when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

“With rugby in Fiji and globally coming to a halt, the Fiji Rugby Board has endorsed the implementation of a number of measures to protect the long term operating viability of the Union in response to the escalating impact of COVID 19 on the local and global economy” O’Connor said.

“All Unions globally are facing significant financial challenges and responsible financial decisions have to be made in order to preserve the operating ability and financial integrity of Fiji Rugby long term.

Fiji Rugby wish to advise Affiliate Unions, Customers, Stakeholders and Rugby Supporters, in compliance with lockdown regulations for the greater Suva Area; as a non-essential service Rugby House will be closed until further notice.

During this period, many staff have taken annual leave with a skeleton staff working from home to ensure continuity of service until the end of the lockdown period.

All Fiji Rugby gyms will remain closed and all high performance programs have moved to individual fitness programs for the players to complete at home.

All domestic club, schools and provincial competitions will remain suspended until such restrictions are uplifted and new kick off dates are announced.

“We are in extraordinary times with this COVID-19 pandemic.”

“We will continue to monitor the financial impact on our operations and will also continue discussions with World Rugby and our sponsors, however if the situation continues to escalate, further drastic reductions may be required.

“We hope we will not end up in such situation, but we must keep in mind that businesses are closing, and thousands of employees have lost their jobs and we must be prepared for the worse.”

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