Press Release. The Samoa Rugby Union held its AGM at the High Performance Unit Headquarters at Tuana’imato on Thursday 12th November.
The Member Unions received and endorsed all the submitted annual reports including the Union’s Audited Financial Statements for the year 2019.
Two vacant elected position in the SRU Board of Directors were also endorsed. The Savaii board vacancy was endorsed by the members to Leatigaga Peniamina Tofa as the sole nominee.
The members also elected Ms. Soonalote Sefo from Aleipata Union as the women’s representative on the Board, replacing Fuimapoao Beth Tuilaepa who has completed a 2-year term.
Aiono Tony Aiono of Faleata Rugby Union joins Independent member Nonu Saleimoa Vaai in the Vetting Committee, that selects the Independent members of the Board from received applications.
The consequent meeting of the Vetting Committee confirmed the appointment of Faimalo Mathew Lemisio of Faleata Rugby Union as the appointed Director of the Board with a legal background to replace Tuala Siaki Tuala who has completed his term. Lemisio joins the other two appointed Independent Board representatives; Afamasaga Rico Tupai of Aana Rugby Union and Tuiloma Sina Retzlaff of Falealili Rugby.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi remains as Chair of the rugby union, with Namulauulu Sami Leota as President.
Upolu Representatives remain as Fata Pito Malifa of Apia Rugby Union and Faalogo of Siumu Rugby Union.
The affiliated members also approved the adoption of a new Strategic Plan where the mother body would be rebrand from “Samoa Rugby Union” to “Lakapi Samoa”.
The current Union Crest or Logo will also be changed to a new logo which will depict the Teuila flower.
The new logo design has been put out to the public in the form of a competition for the best logo design of the teuila flower to represent Lakapi Samoa.