The future of rugby unions in the Pacific remain uncertain as they seek guidance from World Rugby amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
For unions like Samoa, Fiji and Tonga, commercial viability was already challenging and with USA Rugby filing for bankruptcy along with larger rugby nations facing serious financial worries, Pacific clubs and unions were becoming concerned for their future.
The CEO of Samoa Rugby, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, said he was seeking financial support from World Rugby.
“We are in constant communication with World Rugby. We’ve had a couple of conference calls and meetings collectively with all the other tier two unions which includes Tonga and Fiji…and we’re trying to work with World Rugby on a way forward and hopefully they’re going to support us financially with some funding,” he said.
“At this stage, it hasn’t been confirmed as yet, but we’re putting collectively together of what is going to happen in the next six months at least.”
According to the Dailymail, World Rugby asked all unions to present best and worst-case scenarios as they prepared a ‘Marshall Plan’ of loans, designed to stave off insolvency until fixtures resumed.
World Rugby Chairman, Bill Beaumont, said the organisation could intervene to an extent to assist rugby nations facing extreme hardship, but aid must come from elsewhere too.
SOURCE – RADIO NEW ZEALAND