Former Manu Samoa player Daniel Leo and SRU Chief Executive Officer Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai.
APIA, SAMOA – TUESDAY 14 AUGUST 2018: The Samoa Rugby Union has expressed concerned that a recent social media campaign by a former Manu Samoa player Dan Leo, could potentially damage the hard work they have undertaken for a seat on the World Rugby Council.
“We understand that having a seat on the council is about meeting the World Rugby criteria and we are currently focused on doing that. Dan Leo starting a social media campaign will not have any effect on whether we get a seat or not,” said the CEO of SRU, Vincent Fepulea’i today.
“In fact, if anything, it could potentially only succeed in damaging the work that has gone into our application.”
The media statement is copied the Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Rugby Players Association, Aayden Clarke. Fepulea’i pointed out that the increase in diversity on the Board in the overhaul of the SRU constitution are among many huge positives in the application for Samoan Rugby and they are excited about the future ahead.
“We acknowledge that Dan being a former player of Manu Samoa has the best intentions when voicing his concerns, but the issue is his lack of knowledge of environment we operate, what is positive are already happening and not having the true facts,” said Fepulea’i.
“In our daily operations, we have challenges yes, and we work positively in partnership with the players in the form of the Pacific Rugby Players Association, who are the official representatives of the all Samoa players from Academy to the Manu Samoa team.”
When questioned on the subject, Aayden Clarke, CEO of Pacific Rugby Players says, “Samoa will get a seat on the World Rugby Council on their own merit. They’ve done a great job in recent times to meet the criteria and we are confident that come September, World Rugby will positively recognize that.”
“Anyone doing positive things to benefit Pacific Island rugby is fantastic. How Dan is running community events in the UK to get players together is nothing but good.”
World Rugby meets in a few weeks to review all countries applications for World Rugby Council membership.