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Fiji, Samoa Joins World Rugby Council

Fiji and Samoa have been unanimously elected onto an expanded World Rugby Council after meeting new governance criteria. The announcement comes as Burkina Faso and Lebanon were accepted as associate members
15 Nov 2018 09:09
Fiji, Samoa Joins World Rugby Council
Fiji Airways Flying Fijian Skipper Akapusi Qera leads the cibi at Twickenham Stadium during the Rugby World Cup. Photo: World Rugby

Fiji and Samoa have been unanimously elected onto an expanded World Rugby Council after meeting new governance criteria.

The announcement comes as Burkina Faso and Lebanon were accepted as associate members on the international federation.

Fiji Rugby chief executive officer John O’Connor is currently in Dublin.

With a new governance model paving the way for wider representation on World Rugby’s Council, the unions will take their place at the May 2019 annual meeting having successfully achieved the required good governance criteria as stipulated within the Bye Laws in line with governance reform launched in November 2015, a World Rugby press statement said.

 

 

 

Fiji and Samoa follow Georgia, Romania and USA onto the expanded Council and will act as an inspiration for other unions aspiring to take a seat at Council with a clear and transparent pathway for all now operational.

World Rugby Chair Bill Beaumont hailed the decision, recognising the enormous contribution that the Pacific Islands make to the global game.

“We are delighted to be welcoming Fiji and Samoa to Council, two unions who have contributed so much to the game. The Pacific Islands are unique, immersed in rugby heritage, and I know that the unions will bring excellent insights and make strong contributions on Council.

“This shows that the model is in place, the pathway is in place and the door is open to other unions who aspire to have a seat on Council. We encourage all unions to take inspiration from Fiji and Samoa, review their governance and strive to achieve the required criteria.

“World Rugby is committed to the sustainable growth of the sport set against a backdrop of strong governance, and we will continue to work with our unions to ensure that they have all the support to achieve and maintain the necessary criteria.”

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