Naiqama steps in to mediate Fiji pay dispute
The Sydney Morning Herald/Meli Tavaga
February 26, 2018 12:17 am
Vodafone Fiji Bati captain Kevin Naiqama will not back down to boycott any planned Tests until their 2017 Rugby League World Cup pay dispute is resolved.
Naiqama is trying to intervene to try and ensure money is released to the squad.
He told Sydney Morning Herald that he has been forced to become involved in negotiations to recover $125,000 in prizemoney on top of daily allowances still allegedly owing to players from the World Cup semi-finalists.
Naiqama has also demanded that unless the Fiji National Rugby League’s leadership step down at next month’s AGM its current stars will refuse to make themselves available for selection in international fixtures.
The players are still awaiting payment after stunning New Zealand in the quarter-finals and surging into a final four showdown with Australia.
Senior Bati players, such as Naiqama, Jarryd Hayne, Akuila Uate and Api Koroisau, aborted a planned boycott of the Fiji High Commission during the tournament hoping the row would be resolved.
However, the Fiji National Rugby League is yet to comment on the update of the player’s payment.