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Fiji Rugby CEO John O’Connor resigns, Tevita Tuiloa appointed as interim

Fiji Rugby Chief Executive Mr. John O’Connor has resigned effective immediately, after six years in the role since joining the rugby house in 2016.

Fiji Rugby Chairman Commodore Humphrey Tawake said “On behalf of the FRU Board, we would like to thank Mr. O’Connor for his service and contribution not only as the leader at the Union but to the rugby community for the past six years being at the helm of FRU.”

He added that FRU Board Director Mr. Tevtia Tuiloa will be the Acting CEO as of today.

“Mr. Tuiloa comes in with a lot of experience at domestic and grassroots rugby since being with Suva Rugby Union for the past seven years. He is well versed with the leadership role that consists of good governance, accountability, finance, and other necessities that is essential to run Fiji Rugby” said Commodore Tawake.

Commodore Tawake further added “The position of CEO will be advertised. We will then go through the recruitment process and the best candidate will be selected for the role,” he said.

He also mentioned the day-of-day operation at the rugby house will continue as normal with teams preparing for international meets and the domestic competition at home.

“Our international and local commitments do carry on and there is nothing that will have an impact and all our stakeholders including the trustees will be officially informed accordingly through the proper channels,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. O’Connor thanked FRU Board, member unions, management, staff, and sponsors for their support over the past six years.

“I would like to say Vinaka Vakalevu to all those who have had an input since I joined Fiji Rugby and I urge all to continue the good work and keep moving the sport of rugby to another level,” said Mr. O’Connor.

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