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OCEANS APART, WORLDS AWAY

DANIEL LEO THE PROFESSIONAL RUGBY PLAYER-TURNED DOCUMENTARY MAKER TALKS TO WRITER HÉLÈNE RAVLICH ABOUT WORKING TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR PASIFIKA PLAYERS WORLDWIDE. Prior to watching the docu- mentary Oceans Apart: Greed, Betrayal & Pacific Island Rugby , I was not aware that a quarter of the world’s rugby players come from the Pacific nations, or that Pacific Islanders are more than thirty times more likely to have a career in rugby than any other nationality. As a non-sports follower however, this didn’t surprise me, with teams throughout the world applauding the power and talent of their Pasifika players. When I talk to the film’s maker, ex-professional rugby player and now coach, Daniel Leo, he is in Brisbane after relocat- ing his family from the United Kingdom during the chaos of 2020 to be closer to his parents. In the UK he was coaching a semi-pro team, until the arrival

“IT’S ALL ABOUT MAKING THINGS DIFFERENT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION… TO LEAVE A JERSEY IN A BETTER PLACE THAN WE FOUND IT.”

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