Pacific peoples have long contributed to rugby in New Zealand. At both fifteens and sevens level, some exceptional players of Pacific heritage have worn the black jersey, and the game is enjoyed by Pasifika players and fans all around the country.

NZR celebrates this outstanding legacy, but also recognises that on-field success for Pasifika has not translated to equitable representation in non-playing roles such as coaching, refereeing, administration and governance within rugby.

This strategy is NZR's dedicated plan to enable, embrace and empower positive outcomes and experiences for Pasifika at all levels of rugby.

For enquiries, please contact our Diveristy and Inclusion team

Additional reading

Navigating Two Worlds is a research report prepared for New Zealand Rugby by AUT University, which helps provide further context into Pacific Island experiences and contributions to non-playing participation in rugby.

You can find the Navigating Two Worlds Report on the AUT website here.