Rugby Union chief Faleomavaega gets nod for next four years

Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i will continue as the Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) for the next four years.

The appointment was confirmed by the Union in a press statement issued last night.

The 55-year-old was among 16 applicants from overseas and in Samoa. Three candidates were shortlisted for interviews, the statement said. The name of the two other two were not revealed.

S.R.U’s Chairman and Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, commended Faleomavaega and congratulated him.

 “The Board is looking forward to continue working together with him,” Tuilaepa is quoted as saying.

“There is plenty of work to be done in this rugby calendar year, not only with our local competitions but our national teams and international engagements.”

According to the statement, the decision was made by the S.R.U. Board during a meeting on Tuesday.

“The Board approval was made at a meeting on Tuesday 18 February 2020 after the interviewing panel unanimously voted to offer the incumbent Faleomavaega the role as he has shown an in depth understanding of the S.R.U’s current challenges,” the statement said.

“The panel also noted the importance of continuity of operations and partnership with World Rugby and other S.R.U stakeholders.”

 “This is amongst many other achievements and milestones since he took over the CEO role in early 2015.”

Faleomavaega said he appreciates the “confidence shown by the Chairman and the Board in his ability to drive the processes needed to meet the challenges S.R.U will encounter in the ever changing face of world rugby.”

The former Manu Samoa halfback is married to Jackie Hellesoe-Fepulea’i and they have five children and one grandchild.


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