The Fiji Rugby Union is pulling out all the stops to retain the services of Head Coach Simon Raiwalui for the Flying Fijians.

Raiwalui made it official that he won’t be seeking a contract extension following their quarterfinal loss to England this past Monday.

While Raiwalui had already decided on his departure prior to the quarterfinal clash, FRU remains committed to engaging in discussions about the way forward for the Flying Fijians, hoping to keep the talented coach in their ranks.

“Look, I’ll be the first one there. Say, Simon, we want you back. Go and have a holiday and come back.”

Mazey asserts that one of the most advantageous aspects of working in FRU is the opportunity to collaborate with Raiwalui.

He further emphasiSes that Raiwalui’s integrity and unwavering commitment to his work are commendable.

Mazey eagerly anticipates a forthcoming meeting with Raiwalui and the team management to deliberate on the future course of action for our esteemed Flying Fijians.

“He will be coming in a bit later so we will wait and see but as soon as possible we need to do that.”

Mazey adds that Raiwalui had made up his mind way before the quarterfinal against England and FRU will respect his final decision.

Meanwhile, The Fiji Rugby Football Union Trust Board is excited about the return of our Fiji Water Flying Fijians from the Rugby World Cup.

The whole nation is looking forward to welcoming our heroes back home.

Interim chair, Peter Mazey, says the team has been on a long and tough journey preparing for the World Cup and competing in the tournament.

“They made us all very very proud, I’m so proud to be associated with them, to watch every single game they play and how they play”

He adds the players really need a break and some time with their families.

Mazey also says the whole country is proud of the dedication and hard work the players have put in before and during the tournament.

He believes that the Flying Fijians have shown the world that Fijian rugby has become a strong force and will continue to improve in the future.

The FRU also thanks its partners, team sponsors, and fans who have rallied behind the team from the beginning.

The team arrived in the country this morning.