An implementation committee has been formed to help with the preparation of an application for Tongan membership of International Rugby League (IRL). The move, which follows the expulsion of the governing body from the membership, was initiated by 20 Tongan clubs who are keen to ensure the kingdom returns to full membership of the sport’s international federation.
The four-strong committee includes two independent members from Tonga; one, Ikani Taliai provides a good understanding of the local clubs and sporting landscape, while the other, Suliana Mone, is a constitutional lawyer; Konrad Hurrell will represent the national playing group and Gareth Holmes will be an Asia-Pacific Rugby League representative.
IRL Global Operations Manager Danny Kazandjian said:
“Over the past six months IRL has sought the opinions and views of the various constituencies that make up the Tongan rugby league community, through surveys, face-to-face and phone interviews and a consultation phase. The response shaped a consensus for the next steps to stabilise Tongan rugby league. The suggestions IRL originally made in December were a result of those stakeholder interventions and intended to strengthen governance of the sport in the country.
“The bulk of Tongan clubs who participated in the consultation have now requested that IRL works closely with them to help them to immediately enact the recommendations. The first of those recommendations was the formation of the implementation committee, which is now coordinating efforts between the various parties.”
On behalf of the committee, Gareth Holmes said:
"The implementation committee is now inviting candidates of unimpeachable integrity and the highest ethical standards to apply for the roles of independent chair and independent finance director. Once the roles are filled the new organisation will be in position to prepare and present its application for membership of IRL.”
Candidates should express their interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 13 April 2020. Please refer to the below criteria when applying for any of the available positions: