16 Jul 2008

Three Pacific rugby unions have met with South Africa

9:58 am on 16 July 2008

The three Pacific rugby unions Fiji, Samoa and Tonga say their meeting with South African representatives has been encouraging for the region.

The meeting was held at the request of the SARU to explore the best way to involve the Pacific teams in the revised SANZAR competition format in 2010.

FRU Chairman - Keni Dakuidreketi says the three unions have presented their case and now SANZAR will discuss it with their partners and come back with a decision.

The Samoa Rugby Union sent three representatives including their Chairman, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Tonga, was represented by their CEO Siosaia Fonua.

SANZAR is due to hold a workshop in Perth, Australia this Thursday for their members followed by a formal meeting on Friday to discuss operational and regulatory matters. It's understood one of the issues discussed will be the Pacific Unions.