100 World Legends Ambassador Visit and Fact-Finding Visit to Laos

March 28, 2018

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In 2018, the first visit by members of the 100 World Legends took place. Our members Frank Bunce of New Zealand, Paddy Johns of Ireland, Junior Paramore of Samoa, and David Higgins visited Laos as guests of the Laos Rugby Federation.

The visit started in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, at the time of the DHL Vientiane International Rugby Championship, where they met a number of regional girls and boys teams, officials, and later visited our Champa Ban powered by ChildFund Pass It Back work in Xieng Khouang Province! Several special events were organised for their visit, including a visit to the local school and an outdoor beginners’ introduction to rugby for over 200 pupils. Later, a full coaching session for over 100 youth members of Laos rugby was held. Before they left, they had a farewell dinner with local government officials and members of Laos Rugby Federation, including the referees and group coaches.
Our legends left inspired by the great work that has been achieved by Lao Rugby for all ages and the inclusive rugby for all, with over 55% of young players in Laos being girls. The enthusiasm and tireless work are amazing, and the work done by the Legends laid the foundation for our next visit and the first Rugby for Life camp.
A big thank you to our partners and sponsors, Cairnhill Structures, PROJECX, DAC, and 1765 Gemini, for making the Legends’ trip possible!

THE LEGENDS AT THIS EVENT

Trevor Leota

Tanner Vili

Pat Lam

Opeta Palepoi

Junior Paramrore

Junior Fatialofa

Elvis Seveali’l

Todd Clever

Maama Molitika

Kati Tuipulotu

Sione Tuipulotu

Viliami Ma’asi

Epi Taione

Ian Gowland

Pedro Leal

Aderito Esteeves

Frank Bunce

Luke Thompson

David Corkery

Tony Buckley

Shane Bryne

Paddy Johns

James Downey

Geordan Murphy

Gavin Duffy

Sonny Toi Parker

Robert Sidoli

Jon Bryant

Ian Gough

Gavin Thomas

Darren Morris

Collin Charvis

Chris Wyatt

Ben Evans

Allan Bateman

Dominic Day

Jevon Groves

Simon Webster

Simon Taylor

Scott Hastings

Rory Lawson

Nikki Walker

Marcus di Rollo

Kelly Brown

Jason White

Graeme Morrison

Gavin Kerr

David Hilton

Craig Chalmers

Chris Cusiter

Bruce Douglas

Andrew Henderson

Fergus Thompson

Max Evans

Thom Evans

Tommy Seymour

Andy Vilk

Lee Dickson

Alex Tait

Matt Turner

Roy Winters

Tim Stimpson

Roger Uttley

Peter Winterbottom

Ollie Phillips

Matt Perry

Kevin Yates

George Chuter

David Strettle

Dan Scarborough

William Servat

Serge Betsen

Steffon Armitage

Olivier Azam

Sisa Koyamaibole

Jim Negusa

Danny Ligari

Bill Cavubati

Nicky Little

Al Charron

Eddie Evans

Ben Darwin

Jeremy Paul

James Pritchard

Niall Statham