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Rugby Matters: Dan Leo’s powerful plea for Pacific Island justice is a must watch for all

Brendan Gallagher says it is time for rugby's cartel of powerbrokers to change their attitudes towards the Pacific Island nations

25th November 2020 with 0 Comments

Q&A – Dan Leo: We won’t be silenced in our fight to weed out corruption

Pacific Rugby Players Welfare chief Dan Leo talks in-depth about Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and World Rugby's governance

16th June 2020

Rugby Matters: South Sea Bubble could provide tonic for rugby

Brendan Gallagher looks at how Pacific Island countries were left behind at the turning of amateurism to professional

13th May 2020

Influx of South Africans puts the squeeze of Europe’s Pacific Islanders, warns union chief

Dan Leo points out the shift in recruitment by European clubs from Pacific Islanders in the 80s, 90s and 2000s, to the South Africans

16th January 2020

Rugby Matters: Make Pacific Islands rugby’s West Indies

The West Indies cricket team can be selected from 15 Caribbean island nations. Brendan Gallagher asks if the same can be applied to rugby..

17th October 2019

Problems will exist in the Pacific until we get a professional team, says Fiji coach McKee

John McKee reflects on the issues facing Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, with all three nations set to exit the World Cup in the pool stage

8th October 2019

Gallagher column: Tonga and Samoa should have a base in Auckland

Brendan Gallagher's focusses on the lineage of Tonga, Samoa and Fiji's squads, most of whom are based in New Zealand and Australia

26th September 2019

Probyn column: Eddie Jones will find Tonga give focus to his men

There is a huge gulf in resource between Tonga and England

22nd September 2019

Pacific island players’ union to explore nuclear option of boycotting 2019 Rugby World Cup in light of proposed ‘World League’

Fiji, Tonga and Samoa have all qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup

1st March 2019

Leo column: Unearth the root causes to end off-field violence

Dan Leo highlights the skirmish between Amanaki Mafi and Lopeti Timani as one instance of how Pacific Islander physicality can take on..

16th August 2018

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