VRL Samoa 2019 Pacific Games withdrawal

The Interchange Vanuatu Rugby League (VRL) was last week (Friday 15th February 2019) advised by the Vanuatu Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (VASANOC) that the VRL have been removed from Team Vanuatu for the upcoming Samoa 2019 Pacific Games.

The decision was due to over subscription of the limited spots available on the charter plane, meaning VASANOC was forced to cut numbers and based on the Sport Criteria, the VRL were unfortunately removed along with a number of other sports. The Board of the VRL is extremely disappointed in the decision, noting the same thing occurred in 2015 Pacific Games when again the VRL were left out of the Games.

The VRL have not given up hope of still attending the Games and have vowed to explore every possible opportunity to compete at the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games. We’ve opened up promising dialogue with a number of parties, including VASANOC, and will be working with our stakeholders in the coming days to see if we can come to a suitable resolution. We thank all parties, including VASANOC, for engaging in this dialogue.

The VRL will not be making any further comment at this time as we focus all our efforts on reaching that resolution.

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor


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