The Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has pledged Samoa’s support to a new rugby programme being promoted around the globe.
‘Quick Rip’ Sports for Health Rugby Programme aims to reduce the effects of non-communicable diseases across the Pacific by promoting healthy lifestyles, active living and better nutritional choices.
Former All Black, Rodney So’oialo, was in Samoa last week to promote the programme. He met with Prime Minister Tuilaepa in his office.
The Prime Minister embraced the programme. He noted the importance of rugby in the development of young people.
“This program is relatively important not only to Samoa, but also the World Cup. Furthermore, this programme helps the young children, who are 18 and over and are passionate about the sport of rugby.
“This programme also promotes healthy living in the Pacific.”
So’oialo was born in Samoa.
“This is a big initiative, and we are trying to promote healthy living, especially with the new Quick Rip and this is a partnership with Samoa Rugby Union,” he said.
“The main focus is about health for us, and this initiative with Quick Rip is very important in trying to stimulate that knowledge in that area.”
Samoa is the first of four Pacific countries where New Zealand Rugby will roll the Sports for Health Rugby Programme out; with Fiji, Cook Islands and Tonga to follow.