APIA SAMOA – WEDNESDAY 10 OCTOBER 2018: The Samoa Rugby is not expecting any major changes soon with its seat on the World Rugby Council after successfully meeting the criteria set by World Rugby.
Samoa Rugby Union Chairman and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told Talamua last night that it is a major step forward for the Union and Samoan rugby but he was not expecting any major changes soon.
He will occupy Samoa’s seat at the next World Rugby Board meeting in May 2019.
The decision came after the Samoa Rugby Union made major governance reforms including a review of its Constitution that had been used in their annual meeting last month when new board members were elected.
This also included financial reports meeting World Rugby criteria.
The changing representation at rugby’s powerful decision making body is seen as an exciting and a new step forward in developing rugby in Samoa as well as in the Pacific region.
Earlier this year, the Pacific Rugby Players launched a campaign that highlighted the under representation of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga on the World Rugby Council.
Previously, Pacific Island nations only had a share of two of the 48 votes on the Council.
Those two votes are held by Rugby Oceania, which represents 12 countries, including New Zealand and Australia, who already have three individual votes each.
Fiji is also applying for a seat on the World Rugby Council.