18 Feb 2015

Sport: Samoa Union and World Rugby on same page following talks

3:12 pm on 18 February 2015

The Samoa Rugby Union has renewed its commitment to implement governance, management and financial reforms, following talks with the sport's governing body, World Rugby.

The talks in Apia between union officials and a World Rugby delegation followed initial discussions between the SRU Chairman and Samoa Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, and World Rugby Chairman, Bernard Lapasset, in Europe in December.

A committee made up of SRU, World Rugby and independent representatives, will oversee the reforms, which were recommended by an independent KPMG report, commissioned by the SRU.

A draft discussion protocol tabled by the Pacific Island Players' Association is also being considered by the Union, following the dispute between the Union and Manu Samoa players which came to a head on the end of year tour.

World Rugby's Head of Development and International Relations, David Carrigy, says the meetings were highly constructive and they're pleased with the SRU's full commitment to reform.

Tuilaepa says the Samoa Union appreciates the support from World Rugby and says the governance, management and accountability structures of the Union must be on par with the rest of the world if Samoa is to capitalise on its large natural rugby talent pool.