Player Welfare and Governance Reform top of Agenda at AGM

Oceania Rugby, Fri Jun 2, 2017 2:02PM

2017 Oceania Rugby Annual General Meeting, Nuku'alofa TONGA attendees

The 2017 Oceania Rugby Annual General Meeting gathering was hosted by the Tonga Rugby Union in Nuku’alofa TONGA on 29 May – 1 June.


Richard Sapias, Oceania Rugby President, opened the meeting by welcoming the 38 delegates which included Hon. Titilupe Fanetupouvava'u Tuita Tu'ivakano, Patron of the Tonga Women’s Rugby Association, and Hon. Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva, President of the Tonga Rugby Union, who addressed the meeting, welcoming the delegates to the Kingdom of Tonga and urged the representatives of the region to use the week’s events to find ways to better the game of rugby for the Oceania Region.


The formal proceedings of the Annual General Meeting saw incumbent Oceania Rugby Treasurer Andrew Larratt (ARU) who was filling a casual vacancy on the Executive Committee ratified by the membership to remain on the Executive Committee for the remainder of the 4-year term (term ends at the conclusion of the 2019 Annual General Meeting). Oceania Rugby President Richard Sapias when speaking of the ratification said, ‘this is a clear demonstration of the value the Members of Oceania Rugby see in having a Tier 1 High Performance Union on the Executive Committee.'


In addition to the AGM delegates attended workshops across the conference which included:

  • Olympic Solidarity and World Rugby funding models
  • Player Welfare and Player Development
  • Women’s Rugby
  • Governance and;
  • Constitutional improvements for Oceania Rugby.


Bruce Cook, World Rugby’s Rugby Service Manager Oceania said ‘the landscape of rugby in the Oceania Region is growing and changing constantly which brings fantastic opportunities and challenges for Oceania Rugby and Member Unions. There was robust discussion and shared ideas throughout the week on a number of areas which will shape the immediate future and longer-term strategy of Oceania Rugby.’


List of Member Unions (including Delegates) of Oceania in Alphabetical order of Union:

*denotes Member of Oceania Rugby Executive Committee

^denotes apology to Annual General Meeting

Last updated: Thursday June 8, 2017 4:19PM
Author: Sarah Walker