Pacific Islands Rugby

Pacific Island players reaching 'boiling point' over Northern blockade

A current member of the Pacific Players’ Association, Seilala Mapusua told TVNZ1’s Breakfast this morning the unlevel playing field faced by Tier Two nations is more dire than World Rugby acknowledges.

“Until we see some real change and movement from the north, it’s going to carry on being this way,” said Mapusua who was speaking after Fijian born Sevu Reece impressed for the All Blacks in their win over Australia.

Pacific Island Rugby records increase in players this season

Former Samoa Captain and CEO of Pacific Rugby Players Welfare, Daniel Leo said the club has been getting interests from players from Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Wallis & Futuna and the Cook Islands and New Zealand.

“The club took with them the ‘island spirit’ to the host clubs, both on and off the rugby field and making many friends along the way,” he said.

Leo also said the event was the Surrey Rugby- Foundation President’s Final between the Pacific Islanders Rugby Club and Kew Occasionals RFC.