29 Nov 2014

Sport: SRU says doors always open

10:52 am on 29 November 2014

The Samoa Rugby Union says the door is always open to those who want to help administer the game, but all candidates must be qualified and go through the same processes.

Last month a group of senior players raised concerns regarding the governance and management of the union and threatened to boycott last weekend's test against England.

The strike was averted but SRU officials failed to attend meetings in the UK and requests to meet with the SRU have gone unanswered.

The International Rugby Players' Association says the Manu Samoa players have a lot of rugby knowledge and expertise to offer if given the chance.

The SRU treasurer and board member Paimang Jensen says if players do want to contribute, they need to have the appropriate resume.

"Most of us running the Union are all ex Manu Samoa players with qualifications. If they want to come and run the Union there is a process to go through. They just can't come and run the union: they have to apply, they have to have coaching levels, they have to have degrees. They can't just come as a player and run the Union but anyone can come and run the Union but they have to apply [and] they have to go through the processes like every other Union."

The SRU treasurer and board member Paimang Jensen.