22 Sep 2014

Rugby stars Vanuatu anti-violence message

7:55 pm on 22 September 2014

The Hurricanes rugby franchise will visit Vanuatu in November to spread the word against domestic violence.

The Hurricanes personnel development manager is in Port Vila to meet non-government organisations and education leaders as part of the lead-up work.

Steve Symonds says the players will help promote a positive message.

Hurricanes loosie Ardie Savea.

Hurricanes loosie Ardie Savea. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

"We generate a lot of excitement which allows the delivery of key messages. That allows the message in the country to be delivered around domestic violence and the need to not abuse in the home. One of the interesting statistics that often happens after our trips is the reporting of domestic violence goes up, which is actually what we want initially. We want to have an impact we can see."

Mr Symonds says the players will also speak of the benefits of being drug-free.