New Zealand Rugby player of the year Ardie Savea headlines the addition of five current and former All Blacks to the expanded board of Pacific Rugby Players Welfare.

New Zealand Rugby player of the year Ardie Savea headlines the addition of five current and former All Blacks to the expanded board of Pacific Rugby Players Welfare.

The Managing Director of Pacific Rugby Players Welfare, former Manu
Samoa fullback Mike Umaga, said it was “The Island Way” to help out and
give back to your community.

“Ardie saw the work we’d been doing and he is a very proud Samoan and
reached out to Dan [Leo, PRPW CEO] and asked if there was anything he
could do.

“[It was] the same with Ngani Laumape, wanting to put themselves
behind supporting our next generation because there will always be a
next generation of Pacific Island rugby player.”

Pacific Rugby Players Welfare’s expanded board now numbers 49,
including representatives in every major rugby competition in the world,
as it pushes for change on key issues such an player eligibility and
rugby governance.

“The more the merrier,” espoused Umaga from his home in Hull.

“You know that’s always the mantra that Dan and myself have started
with and that’s ‘Stronger Together’ so the more of us on board makes us a
stronger board,” he said.

“The game is ever evolving and so do we. I think we’ve got a nice mix
right at this moment in time of young and old – and really old
(laughing).”

US based duo Shalom Suniula and Andrew Duratalo are among the other ‘younger’ faces to join the expanded board, which now numbers 49.

The Seattle Seawolves team-mates have represented the United States
in both sevens and fifteens, with Suniula born in American Samoa while
New York-born flanker Duratalo is a former Fiji Under 20s international.

“Myself and Dan have just off the phone with two players over in
America who just reached out about wanting to see if PRPW can support
Pacific Island players over there, which we’re more than happy to,”
Umaga said.

“For some of us we’re not in New Zealand where we were brought up or
in the islands, where we’re actually having to ply our trade in Europe
but wanting to give back to what got us started in the game so for some
of us this is our opportunity to give back.”

Tonga captain Nasi Manu, who plays in Italy, and Fijian trio Jim Nagusa, Josh Matavesi and Ilikena Bolakoro are the other new faces on the PRPW Board, which also includes the likes of England international Manu Tuilagi, Wallaby playmaker Matt Toomua and former All Blacks John Afoa, Sam Tuitupou, Victor Vito, Ben Atiga and Charles Piutau.

RNZ

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