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New board heralds in a new modern era for Rugby League Samoa

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Neueli Mauafu | Reporter

As a new executive board, we are humbled to be asked to steer Rugby League Samoa into this next chapter of a modern era for our sport.”

Rugby League Samoa (RLS) is undergoing significant changes, heralding in a new era under the leadership of a freshly appointed President and executive board. The shift comes after the annual general meeting held in July.

The Executive Committee for Rugby League Samoa (RLS) elected at the AGM to lead RLS through to the next Rugby League World Cup in 2025 is as follows:

  • President: Fiu Faaolatane Ponifasio Vasa
  • Vice President: Toilolo Klaus Stunzner
  • Secretary: Laulu Lafao Leauanae Tuugatiti Leo Leauanae
  • Treasurer: Tavui Mike Lemisio
Tagaloa Fa’afouina Su’a. Photo: Samoa 2019 Pacific Games.

After a 12 year run as president of RLS, Tagaloa Fa’afouina Su’a did not seek re-election saying that it was the right time for him to step down. Tagaloa wraps up his tenure in the role with a long list of record achievements including last year’s historical World Cup tournament.

The new board acknowledged the past executive team and their input for the growth of the sport in Samoa.

“They leave the organisation and the game in a strong position from which to build and grow in the years ahead,” Fiu Fa’aolatane Ponifasio Vasa said.

“We have already seen how one team from a small Pasifika nation can inspire people all over the world. We have always loved and treasured our own national teams on the world stage; we are looking forward to leading the organisation into a more innovative and progressive future.”

A six year plan has been set out by the new executive board with the hopes of developing the rugby league in Samoa from grassroots level. Another major part of their plan was the reaffirmation of Rugby League Samoa’s partnership with Pacificast.

“We are pleased to reaffirm the alliance agreement with Pacificast, entrusted with overseeing all commercial agreements on behalf of Rugby League Samoa (RLS)” expressed Fiu.

“This strategic partnership will serve as a catalyst for building stronger financial outcomes and securing a prosperous future for rugby league in Samoa.”

Rugby League Samoa are also in the hunt for a new coach for Toa Samoa after long serving coach Mau A Pule Matt Parish stepped down from the role earlier last week.

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