Wellington - The Fiji Rugby Union says it has no knowledge
of sponsorship negotiations being conducted by former national sevens coach Ben
Ryan aimed at entering a Pacific team in the Super Rugby competition.
Ryan told Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper he has secured
promises of more than $35 million to fund the project which he hopes will end
the player drain from the Pacific Islands.
However FRU chief executive John O'Connor told the Fiji
Village news website Wednesday that the union is not party to the negotiations
and Ryan is not acting on the FRU's behalf.
Ryan's plan includes the construction of a stadium at
Denarau near the major city of Nadi. O'Connor said the FRU has its own plans
for a stadium which it has already flagged with World Rugby.