Fiji Bati Players To Boycott Tests Over Witheld Payments

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6 February 2018

Fiji Bati players have threatened to boycott future rugby league tests after claiming they have yet to be paid bonuses due for making last year’s RLWC semi-final.

Fiji officials yesterday confirmed the players released a statement that also demanded a leadership overhaul of the Fiji National Rugby League board.

“The Fiji Bati players are now demanding to be paid and will stand down from playing another test/international in 2018,” the statement said.

“Fiji Bati players are also demanding a leadership overhaul of current Fiji National Rugby League board from their poor handling of RLWC campaign.”

RLWC officials confirmed that Aus$125,000 of prize money (£70k or €80k) had been paid to Fiji officials after they made their third straight semi-finals appearance at the tournament. The players also took issue with the late transfer of Aus$35 per diem allowances provided by the tournament.

Fiji’s side included NRL stars Jarryd Hayne, Kane Evans, Akuila Uate, Kevin Naiqama Ashton Sims and Suliasi Vunivalu, along with a number of NRL reserve graders and fringe players. The team pulled off one of the great upsets of the tournament when they defeated co-hosts New Zealand in the quarter-final before losing to Australia in the final four.

The Fiji NRL announced a Fiji$4m sponsorship deal (£1.4m or €1.6m) with Vodafone Fiji at the end of last month.


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