Fiji’s Rugby World Cup preparations hit hard as coach cut off from staff

The persistent problem of how to finance the Fiji Rugby Union seems to have forced head coach John McKee to fire one of his collaborators for the preparation of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Fans are excited to get their Rugby World Cup Tickets to see live performances of their favourite team and players.

Peter Ryan, who was in charge of the Fijian defence, spoke to social media to announce that his role with the national team had ended due to the use of the World Cup budget in the country.

Fiji’s Rugby World Cup preparations hit hard as coach cut off from staff
Fiji’s Rugby World Cup preparations hit hard as coach cut off from staff

Fiji organized a camp in France earlier this year as part of their preparations and should pose a serious threat to Wales and Australia’s opponents in the tournament as they will be able to form their home team, including key players operating in Europe.

However, it is now alleged that budget concerns – which are a constant concern for all Pacific Island countries – have become a factor.

Ryan said on social media “Just want everyone to know that I have been informed by John McKee of the Fiji Rugby Union has exceeded his World Cup budget.”

For that reason, I will not work with Fiji anymore. I was expecting something special but alas it will not happen. I just wish the Fijian rugby players every success.

However, the Fiji rugby authorities, who claim that the defence case will now be held by another McKee assistant, insist that the allegation that they have exceeded their budget is false. They claim to have made the decision to cut Ryan short of his budget and not spend too much.

A former rugby league player and unionist with the Queensland Reds defence coach, Ryan was named by the FRU in 2017 to support McKee.

At that time, the union said, The FRU welcomes Ryan to the Fiji rugby family and looks forward to his dedicated contribution to improving the elite team’s defence codes, which we are convinced, will lead to better performances thanks to the rugby structures in Fiji.

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