THE Legislative Assembly has approved for the Whole House Committee to discuss a petition calling on government to return the management of Tonga Rugby to the people.
The motion was carried with 18 members of the house voted in favor of the motion while two opposed it during the house’s deliberation last Friday.
The petition calls on Parliament to repeal the Tonga Rugby Union Ordinance 2010 and urges the House to amend Tonga Rugby Union Constitution.
Petitioners also want the Speaker of Parliament to become the Interim Chairperson of TRFU.
A Tongan translation of a letter sent to the former Prime Minister Dr. Feleti Sevele in 2004 was also read in the house. It was also approved to be discussed along with the rugby petition in the Whole House Committee.
The letter set out conditions for the formation of an Interim Board which excludesformer members from the previous Board and also others taking part in the court disputes.
Meanwhile Deputy Prime Minister Samiu Vaipulu told members of the House that work to draft the rugby Constitution is complete.
He says this is a collaborative effort carried out by some local staff as well as personnel from IRB, and what’s left is for the public consultation to take place.
Vaipulu adds government follows closely with the consultative process for the future of our younger generation’s rugby.