National rugby coach Ilivasi Tabua was restored yesterday in his position as the anchor for Fiji’s fifth attempt at the William Webb Ellis Cup contest which kicks off in France on September 7.
Fiji Rugby Union chief executive Ratu Timoci Tavanavanua dispelled all doubts after Tabua and 13 other officials were cleared from a doping test which was publicly announced at Rugby House in Suva.
Tabua had denied any wrongdoing after it was highly publicized that officials had been smoking marijuana in Perth last month moments before the Test match against Australia.
And when confronted on Monday by FRB, Tabua reiterated that he was clean and had not wanted to spoil his chances of leading the nation in the French championship.
“I would not want to waste my chances in making my dream of coaching the national team to the rugby world cup and to go and smoke marijuana would be a stupid move to end those dreams,” he said.
The FRU had refrained from pursuing legal redress and a sure opportunity to jackpot hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.
Caption: Restored . . . Coach Ilivasi Tabua grins while answering questions from the media at the Holiday Inn in Suva on Monday. Photo: GREG TAYLOR