The US Eagles plays Japan in an earlier Friendly international in Tokyo. Photo: Zimbio
Canada and the United States will join rugby’s Pacific Nations Cup this year, the International Rugby Board said, providing a boost for tier two nations with more competitive matches.
The North American duo will be permanent additions to the IRB-funded annual tournament which features Japan, Tonga, Fiji and Samoa, the IRB said in a statement yesterday.
“This exciting enhancement to the IRB Pacific Nations Cup is good news for Japan, Canada, USA and the Pacific Islands,” IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said.
A Tongan fan prepares to support the Ikale Tahi Tongan team during the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Photo: The Guardian
The Tongan Rugby Union has appointed its first-ever female chief executive.
Emiline Tuita, a former Tonga ambassador to China, has taken over the leadership of the troubled national body after previously serving the union on a voluntary basis. She said her priority would be to stabilize the union’s finances.
The Tongan union has previously been placed under administration by the International Rugby Board because of financial and other difficulties.
Tuita said her appointment was “good in general for women in sport management (and) for the profiling of women in new areas.”