In what is seen as an historical step forward for a Tier 2 level team, The Pacific Island Players Association (PIPA) acting on behalf of their Samoan player members, have signed their first ever Relationship Agreement with the Samoan Rugby Union (SRU)
The agreement outlines how both parties will work together in the best interests of Samoan Rugby to help drive the team forward in what is an exciting time starting with the upcoming RWC.
When some of the global IRPA affiliated Player Associations met with the Samoan squad recently in Vancouver (see pic) there was a palpable sense of achievement in the room. It clearly shows the definitive value of when an initiative is player driven and has the backing of extensive peer to peer cross-communication and support. World Rugby is also to be commended for their huge efforts and constructive support throughout the entire discussion process.
“It is important that everyone involved with Manu Samoa has a shared understanding of what we want to achieve on and off the field. As with all tier 2 rugby countries there are many challenges to overcome to be able to compete successfully on the world stage. As players we welcome the opportunity to work together with our governing body to maximise our chances of success.