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World Rugby probes claims of homophobia against Fiji chair Francis Kean

DUBLIN, April 20 PA – World Rugby is investigating allegations of homophobia against a leading figure in the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU), which supported Sir Bill Beaumont’s bid for re- election as chairman of the global governing body.

The Sunday Times reported it had heard a recording of FRU chairman Francis Kean, while he was in charge of the Fiji prison service, in which the paper alleged homophobic language was used.

Fiji Rugby Union chairman Francis Kean, was found guilty of manslaughter in 2007, is again in hot water.

Fiji Rugby Union chairman Francis Kean, was found guilty of manslaughter in 2007, is again in hot water.Credit:Fiji Sun

“World Rugby notes allegations in the UK Sunday Times about Fiji Rugby Union Chairman Ratu Vilikesa Bulewa Francis Kean and takes them extremely seriously,” a statement from World Rugby said.

“Rugby is a sport built on strong and inclusive values and World Rugby does not in any way condone any abusive or discriminatory behaviour, as outlined within its bye-laws.

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