FRU Runs Out of Funds, Defence Coach Laid Off, FRU Denies Claim

The Flying Fijians Defence Coach, Peter Ryan was laid off by Fiji Rugby union after the Union had “overspent their World Cup budget.”

Defence Coach Peter Ryan in a Facebook post said that he was informed by the Head Coach of Flying Fijians, John McKee that because the Fiji Rugby Union had overspent their World Cup budget, he will no longer be able to work for the Union.

Ryan says that he is very disappointed.

He said that he expected to achieve something special but it won’t be possible now.

Very disappointed, I was expecting to achieve something special, but alas this will not happen.

Flying Fijians Defence Coach, Peter Ryan

Ryan wished best for all the players only.

However, the Fijian rugby authorities, who say that that the defence brief will now be picked top by another one of McKee’s assistants, insist that the allegation they have overspent their budget is false. They claim they made their decision to cut Ryan loose to stay on budget and not overspend.

A former rugby league and union player whose other role is as the Queensland Reds defence coach, Ryan was appointed by the FRU in 2017 to support McKee.

At that time the union said: “The FRU welcomes Ryan into the Fiji rugby family and looks forward to his specialised contribution towards the enhancement of the elite teams’ defence codes which we are confident will lead to improved performances through the rugby structures in Fiji.”

Rugby union and rugby league cross-code pioneer Peter Ryan was a former Brumbies championship winner and Brisbane Broncos premiership player.

Fiji held a camp in France earlier this year as part of their preparations and are expected to be a serious threat to pool opponents Wales and Australia at the tournament as they will be able to assemble their first-choice squad, including key players who are operating in Europe.


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