The soon to be opened Taumeasina Island Resort has named legendary All Black, La’auli Savae Michael Jones, as an Ambassador for the property.
The announcement was made on the resort’s Facebook page yesterday.
“Introducing our very own Ambassador; none other than the "Iceman" himself, Savae Michael Jones,” the announcement reads.
The Resort says Savae is “a Taumeasina boy,” referring to “his Samoan family (who) are the traditional land owners of the land surrounding the Taumeasina Resort.”
The announcement goes on to say that Savae “spent many days playing and swimming in the pristine natural environment that is Taumeasina island.”
“As a matai (chief) of his family and village, Michael is acutely aware of the Samoan saying and belief, ‘O le ala o le pule o le tautua’, and his passion is to serve his community and his village by ensuring the welfare and care of his people are optimised.”
Savae played international rugby representing the New Zealand All Blacks between 1987-1998 playing 78 games for his country.
An International Rugby Hall of Famer, Savae is also a former Manu Samoa coach.
He is married to Maliena and they have three children, Tiare, 17, Niko 15 and Levi 5. The Taumeasina Island Resort, being constructed by the Lamana Group, is expected to open in a couple of months.