Fijians complain over 'injured' Qovu

Sat, 10 Nov 2012 18:38
Large jone qovu 630

The Fijian Rugby Federation made a formal complaint to their French counterparts over star lock Jone Qovu withdrawing from their year-end test squad.

The Fijian Rugby Federation made a formal complaint to their French counterparts over star lock Jone Qovu withdrawing from their year-end test squad claiming he was injured but then played for his Top 14 club Racing-Metro.

The French Rugby Federation (FFR) has taken immediate action in telling Racing that Qovu will not be able to play during the period when Fiji are playing their three Tests, on Saturday against England, a week later against the Irish and on November 24 against Georgia in Tbilisi.

The Fijians had informed the FFR in September that they would be requiring four Fijians who play in France including Qovu. However, Qovu said he would be unable to join up with the squad as he was injured, but then played for Racing against Perpignan in their Top 14 clash on October 27.

"We asked Racing to explain to us why the player in question had refused to join up with the squad, if he really was injured and if that was the case how was he then fit enough to play against Perpignan," an FFR source told AFP on Saturday.

"We never received a reply. This week, the Fijian Federation wrote to us again to say that Qovu had not joined up with them.

"It was not the club that opposed him joining up with his national squad but it was the player himself who informed his Federation."

Racing's Swiss president Jacky Lorenzetti told AFP that the club had nothing to reproach themselves over the Qovu affair but had been an innocent party and was going to pay for it.

"We have put together a file which we will pass on to the FFR which will show that the club has nothing to do with this affair," he said.

"What is damaging to the club, is that the FFR, without even hearing our version of events, suspended Jone Qovu till December 4. We are going to try and have this suspension lifted."

This move by the Fijian Federation comes days after Racing's former coach Simon Mannix revealed in English daily 'The Independent' that his old club had paid three Fijians, including Qovu, to not play for Fiji in last year's World Cup.

This was entirely against international regulations, and something which the sport's governing body the IRB felt obliged to re-emphasise following Mannix's revelations - which were strongly denied by Racing - on Wednesday.

Racing-Metro are at home to Top 14 tailenders Mont-de-Marsan on Saturday.

AFP

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 08h45 Melbourne
Fri, 24 February 2017
Highlanders v Chiefs 06h35 Dunedin
Reds v Sharks 09h00 Brisbane
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 17h45 Twickenham Stoop
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Myreside
Dragons v Leinster 19h30 Rodney Parade
Munster v Scarlets 19h35 Thomond Park
Sat, 25 February 2017
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Brumbies 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Force 08h45 Allianz Park
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
Cheetahs v Lions 13h05 Bloemfontein
Scotland v Wales 14h25 BT Murrayfield
Kings v Jaguares 15h15 Port Elizabeth
Ireland v France 16h50 Aviva Stadium
Stormers v Bulls 17h30 Cape Town
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
TOP 14
MORE LOGS