Samoa's new representative to Oceania Rugby says his appointment is another step in the SRU's ongoing process of reform.
Matafeo George Latu has been appointed to a four year term, replacing Lefau Harry Schuster, who remains Oceania's representative on the World Rugby Council until April.
Prime Minister and SRU Chair Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said the appointment was the continuation of a new era for Samoa Rugby.
"Over the past 12 months, we have appointed a new Chief Executive who has spearheaded many of the changes we need to ensure Samoa Rugby is strong on and off the field, but most importantly, is transparent and has integrity, so that the people of Samoa can have faith in the work that is being done for the good of Samoa rugby."
Tuilaepa also thanked the outgoing FORU President and Samoan representative Lefau Harry Schuster for his commitment and dedication to the role.
"Lefau has been at the helm of what has been a challenging time for Samoa Rugby and we thank him for his leadership and contribution during that time".
Matafeo is a double international, having played for both Samoa and Tonga, and is currently Secretary of the Samoa Rugby Union.
"It's no secret that Samoa Rugby is going through some changes. We've had some issues in relation to the administration of the Union in the last couple of years but we're going through this process of reform and we've appointed key personnel to the Union, and I suppose my appointment is also part of that process. In terms of what do I bring to this job: I'm a law practitioner, I have some experience in rugby administration and obviously I bring fresh blood to the board, I suppose, to the board and some passion and so I'm excited and looking forward to this change."
World Rugby announced last year that Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will get individual seats on an expanded World Rugby Council, provided they meet certain criteria: demonstrating good governance practices; five years of unqualified audited accounts and five years of AGM minutes.
George Latu says representation at World Rugby level is an important issue for the SRU.
He says one of his main aims will be to ensure that Samoa secure that seat as soon as possible.