Indonesia has been accepted as a full member union of the International Rugby Board, the governing body said yesterday.
The country’s Persatuan Rugby Union Indonesia is already a full member of the Asian Rugby Football Union and the IRB said: “The IRB is committed to the development of rugby in Asia and this is another step forward for the game in that part of the world as Indonesia is regarded as a country with huge potential for further growth.”
Bernard Lapasset, chairman of the IRB, added: “As home to 60 per cent of the world's young people, Asia is a strategically important region for the IRB. Working in collaboration with ARFU we are currently investing more than US$3 million annually in development, high performance and tournament programmes across the region and we will ensure that Indonesia has the structures in place to flourish and grow on the world stage.”
The IRB Council also granted associate member status to the Brunei Rugby Union, which has been a member of ARFU since 2004. It said: “The BRU is recognised by its national Olympic committee and actively partakes in ARFU events, including hosting the ARFU Council in 2008.”
Meanwhile, the IRB said that two African rugby unions, those of Cameroon and Mauritania, had been suspended “due to inactivity and a failure to meet basic IRB and Confederation Africaine de Rugby (CAR) criteria for continued membership.”
The IRB said that it will “work hard” with the unions “to ensure both nations can re-establish themselves as active unions and rejoin the IRB family.”Sportcal &n