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Rugby academy pioneer found dead

November 30, 2015

The founder of a new rugby organisation in Fiji has been

Sudden death: Julie Alexander

found dead, three days after she told Facebook friends she’d been threatened.

Julie Alexander was found at her Pacific Harbour home on Saturday. Authorities have classified her death as an ‘attempted suicide.’ It’s been suggested paraquat was found in her system.

Alexander, who founded the International Rugby Academy of Fiji, posted on her Facebook on Friday night at 11.16pm this message: “Am off to bed now, see you tomorrow, if I am not murdered in my sleep! IRAFJ so many threatened – can’t for the life of me think why – I wouldn’t want to be working as hard as me! xx”

Correspondence shows she had been in dispute with Fiji Rugby Union chairman, Francis Kean, over a claim she had no licence and no permission to run an academy.

In a letter she published on the Facebook page of the academy (see below), she claimed he was bullying her.

Reports say Julie Alexander was taken to Navua hospital on Saturday night, then transferred to CWM where she died yesterday.

Alexander’s Facebook friends have meanwhile been busy posting about her sudden death.

Her family have urged people not to speculate.
Meanwhile there has been no comment from either Kean or the Fiji Rugby Union.

Kean: accused by Julie Alexander of bullying her.
Kean was charged with murder in 2007 after he kicked and beat to death a relative at a wedding reception at the Royal Suva Yacht Club, just three weeks after his brother in law Frank Bainimarama overthrew the democratically-elected government of Laisenia Qarase.

Kean is brother to Mary, Frank’s wife, and was naval commander at the time. He was initially charged with murder before pleading guilty to the lower charge.

He was convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter and sentenced to 18 months in jail but was released after serving a week of serving his sentence.

According to information posted by Julie Alexander, the International Rugby Academy of Fiji is a non-profit organisation and had sought advice from former All Black palyer Frank Bunce ‘who had agreed to join us on a voluntary basis.’
She also listed sportsman Iliesa Delana as an Academy member.
Source – C4.5; Posted by Waisea Varani for SWM
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