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PM is now TRU Chairman and President

Fe'ao Vunipola is the TRU's interim Chairman/CEO

NUKU’ALOFA-May 17: 5.18pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Prime Minister is the new Chairman and President of the Tonga Rugby Union.

This follows the passing and adoption of changes to the TRU Constitution during the Annual General Meeting in Nuku’alofa last week.

Times Sport can confirm the change.

That now means that Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva becomes the new TRU President and Chairman.

He will head a new Board that is being reduced from 10 to seven, with majority of that to be Government reps.

Fe’ao Vunipola, who was elected Interim Chairman and President late last year following the resignation of Epi Taione, has now been replaced following the changes to the Constitution.

Times Sport was told that former IKale Tahi coach Sione Taumoepeau had challenged the changes and said that the TRU Constitution can only be changed by 75 percent of the Board and union reps.

However, the meeting was told that the changes only needed the vote of the majority.

Meanwhile, former TRU Chief Executive Officer Fuka Kitekeiaho has taken the TRU to Court.

He is challenging his removal by Fe’ao Vunipola and the way Fe’ao was elected as the 2015 meeting to replace Taione.

Fuka said the case will be heard on June 20.

He is being represented by William Edwards.


2 Comments to PM is now TRU Chairman and President

  1. William Edwards says:

    Dear Editor,

    Just note a correction to your article. The proceedings is Viliami Tonga v Tonga Rugby Union and Vunipola – CV 15 of 2016. Mr Fuka Kitekei’aho is not a party to the proceedings, he is merely a witness of the breaches carried out at meetings of the Rugby Union. Mr Sione Taumoepeau, Mr Quddus Fielea and Mr Siaosi Maeakafa have taken steps to be joined as Plaintiffs to the proceedings, not Mr Kitekei’aho. There are 4 other witnesses from clubs participating in the proceedings in support of the Plaintiffs case and the former President.

    Factually your statements are not correct.

    William Edwards
    Counsel for the Plaintiff

    • editor says:

      Bula Mr Edwards…thank you for the correction…will correct that statement….malo