Former National Rugby League star Frank Puletua has been appointed as the new Oceania Rugby General Manager.
His appointment followed a global search and unanimous endorsement from the Oceania Board.
Puletua, who joins Oceania Rugby on the 1st of February 2023, has over 10 years of experience at the National Rugby League (NRL), most recently as the GM International Strategy & NRL Awards since May 2018.
Puletua progressed to become a professional NRL player who had the honor of representing the Penrith Panthers and South Sydney Rabbitohs over 13 seasons in the NRL.
He has worked closely with the International Rugby League Federation and ASIA Pacific Rugby League Confederation on reforms for improved governance and operational standards across member nations.
“I’m extremely excited to accept the position of GM of OR and can’t wait to get started in the new year.”
“We have a great opportunity to develop a new strategic plan in 2023 for the next cycle 2024-2027. Deepening our partnerships with governments and non-government organisations across the region. We have a number of significant competitions and events which my focus will be on understanding these assets and identifying commercial partners that will help us accelerate toward achieving our objectives.”
“I’m looking forward to meeting and engaging with each of our members, our key partners and staff as we continue Rugby’s growth at the grassroots level, as well as amongst our Pacifica fans and participants. I believe we can unlock new commercial opportunities, enhancing member union relationships, delivering a region that provides clear pathways from the local communities to regional competitions, global 7s events and World Cups,” Puletua said.