The International Rugby Board has said that funding to the Fiji Rugby Union will resume shortly after the national body took action to reform its governance and boost its financial situation.
Financial contributions to the FRU were suspended in January after the IRB said that it had failed to implement recommended measures to address "significant concerns regarding the administration and governance of the union."
However, IRB chief executive Brett Gosper has stated that the FRU is now in better health, in part because of a new five-year sponsorship deal with mobile phone operator Vodafone worth F$40 million ($22.2 million).
He said: "We did suspend funding for Fiji, but there have been meetings recently and that suspension will soon be lifted. They’ve taken significant strides towards putting their house in order and their finances are in much better shape, not least because they’ve just agreed a big sponsorship deal.
"It’s not as if we’ve taken money away from them; it was frozen, and it was always our intention to release the funds once the necessary improvements were made."
The lifting of the suspension should quash any doubts over Fiji’s participation in next year’s Rugby World Cup.
However, the team will not take part in the rugby sevens tournament at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as the country was suspended from the Commonwealth following a military coup in 2009, and the lifting of the ban came too late for the team to be allowed to play there.Sportcal