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Rugby committee to consider global and Pacific Islands rugby

World Rugby has reaffirmed its commitment to the global development of the game with the hosting of its Rugby Committee meeting in Nadi this weekend. With rugby experiencing record-breaking global participation and popularity growth, the body will consider the general health of the 15s and 7s disciplines as the sport prepares for a ground-breaking first […]

Peni Shute

June 11, 2016 3:14 pm

World Rugby has reaffirmed its commitment to the global development of the game with the hosting of its Rugby Committee meeting in Nadi this weekend.

(World Rugby)
(World Rugby)

With rugby experiencing record-breaking global participation and popularity growth, the body will consider the general health of the 15s and 7s disciplines as the sport prepares for a ground-breaking first Rugby World Cup in Asia in 2019 and game-changing Olympic Games participation.

With the meeting scheduled around the opening match of the World Rugby-funded Pacific Nations Cup 2016 between Fiji and Tonga today, the committee will also examine the opportunities and challenges facing Pacific Islands rugby and consider the high performance and competition requirements of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga within the current global calendar review.

Two-time Rugby World Cup winning captain Richie McCaw will be the players’ representative on the committee.

The committee will hear from representatives of the three unions, who are currently implementing key governance reform measures, and the newly-established Pacific Island Players’ Association, with a view to identifying recommendations to strengthen the game in the Islands.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said that rugby is currently experiencing significant global participation and profile growth and the game is generally in excellent shape.

BEAUMONT: “As we grow we must ensure that our unions remain strong, sustainable and competitive and World Rugby is committed to working in partnership with unions, including the Pacific Islands, to ensure that objective is achieved.”

This will be the first time for the committee to hold a meeting in the Pacific Islands.

“We have a new and inclusive governance model and have a clear pathway for unions to join Council. This meeting will look at the rugby opportunities and challenges faced by our unions in order to better assist that process and ultimately deliver a more competitive global game.”

In addition there will be side meetings with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Government, the Oceania National Olympic Committees, and the International Rugby Players’ Association.

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