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Pacific ruggers rally behind exploited and isolated brothers

MORE professional island rugby players are coming forward with stories of exploitation by clubs in Europe. And the Pacific Rugby Players Welfare, which is rounding up professional players from the Pacific plying their trade there, says it is now working with clubs to ensure island players get proper advice to avoid exploitation and cope with the difficult transition to life there. Former Samoan international Dan Leo, in his final years with Bishop’s Stortford RFC in the National League One, was instrumental in setting up the PRPW after seeing some of his friends struggling to settle in Europe.

Last month, with the help of some prominent names from the islands who are on the board such as former Samoan and England international Manu Tuilagi, Tonga-born England prop Mako Vunipola, Fijian international Nemani Nadolo and Tongan Charles Piutau, the world’s highest-paid rugby professional, they campaigned across France, where most of these sad cases were reported, to raise awareness and extend their brotherhood in the hope of creating a level playing field in France and the rest of Europe for island players. Reklama: Personalo atranka, kou?ingas, vadov? ir darbuotoj? paieška

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