Wong first Fijian director for World Rugby

First Fijian Woman Director,Oceania Rugby Cathy Wong (left),President Oceania Rugby Richard Sapias (middle) and General Manager Oceania Rugby Bruce Cook after the announcement of Cathy Wong in World Rugby Council at GPH this afternoon. Picture: RAMA

First Fijian Woman Director,Oceania Rugby Cathy Wong (left),President Oceania Rugby Richard Sapias (middle) and General Manager Oceania Rugby Bruce Cook after the announcement of Cathy Wong in World Rugby Council at GPH this afternoon. Picture: RAMA

Update: 7:02PM CATHY Wong has been appointed as Oceania Rugby’s first female representative to the World Rugby Council.

The announcement was made this afternoon in Fiji by Oceania Rugby President Richard Sapias who said the selection was unanimous.

“World Rugby as an outcome of its Council Meeting in November last year, in London, underscored its commitment to furthering gender equality at all levels of the organization by announcing sweeping reforms of its Council with an ambition of at least one-third women’s representation from 2018 onwards,” Sapias said.

“Cathy’s appointment will give Women’s Rugby in the Oceania Region a louder voice to share the work that our Member Unions are doing to increase participation and involvement at all levels of the game,” he added.

Cathy Wong’s first official engagement with World Rugby is in May in London.