Fiji and Samoa participated in their first
World Rugby Council meeting on Wednesday, while Algeria was
accepted as an associate member.
Having successfully achieved the required good
governance criteria in line with World Rugby's governance reform
launched in November 2015, the unions follow Georgia, Romania and
USA onto the expanded council which now comprises 51 members.
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont welcomed
Khaled Babbou (Rugby Africa), Vanessa Doble (South Africa), Sol
Iglesias (Argentina), Francis Kean (Fiji) and the Honorable Prime
Minister Tuilaepa Malielegaoi (Samoa) to their first Council
meeting, while also paying tribute to Aziz Bougja, who stepped
down as Rugby Africa president last year.
"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," said Sir Bill Beaumont. "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."
The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai
Neioti Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi,
said, "The World Rugby Council is a very important place to be -
it is where decisions are made on the future of the sport and
Samoa is very excited to be here. We've played an active role in
participating in international rugby competitions across the world
– from fifteens to sevens – despite being a very small country
with a small player pool so for us to be here at this meeting, and
to unite with World Rugby on their vision to grow the sport, is an
incredible learning experience."
The council also approved the appointment of Khaled
Babbou (Rugby Africa), Claudia Betancur (Sudamerica Rugby),
Rolande Boro (Rugby Africa) to the Regional Advisory Committee,
which is chaired by Dennis Dwyer (RAN).
Pictures from 2019 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,
Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,
Pictures from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.