29 Jun 2011

Tonga Rugby Board summoned by parliament

1:25 pm on 29 June 2011

A Tongan parliamentary sub-committee has summoned the full board of the Tonga Rugby Union Authority to appear before it later today.

It follows concerns raised in a petition to parliament which had sought the replacement of the board.

Our correspondent, Mateni Tapueluelu, says the sub-committee is endeavouring to put the national rugby side, the Ikale Tahi, on a sound footing ahead of this year's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

He says a board member, Aminiasi Kefu, met the sub-committee last night, but the MPs want to hear from the entire board before agreeing to any public funding for the sport.

"If there is some collective agreement then obviously the money would be an easy issue. As of this moment you have the push and pulls and it just makes it harder for government to consider the money because the taxpayers will have their say about that as well. This is why it's important to have all the stake holders have their say in some collective and fruitful discussion. And that's why there's the request for all the board members to be present in front of the sub committee."