Pacific Legends gearing up for curtain-raiser match

07 September 2019

Rugby stars promoting healthier lifestyle messages at Otara Town Centre.

The Pacific Legends squad are ready to lace up their boots to take on New Zealand's Barbarian Legends at Waikato Stadium today (Saturday, 7 September).

The clash is a curtain-raiser for the All Blacks vs Tonga test match but for the players, the exhibition game is about highlighting health issues such as obesity and diabetes that are becoming prevalent within Maori and Pacific communities.

Seventy percent of deaths in the Pacific are caused by non-communicable diseases like diabetes and other obesity-related afflictions.

SouthSeas Healthcare CEO Lemalu Silao Vaisola-Sefo, a member of the Pacific Legends squad, says he is ready for the game but most importantly, ready to promote the lifestyle changes needed to combat non-communicable diseases.

“This initiative is a great fit for SouthSeas and we will continue to push healthier lifestyles within our communities to help raise awareness of diabetes and heart disease.”

“We are committed to raising awareness in our South Auckland community and families about healthier lifestyles and we are determined to model healthier lifestyles to fight obesity and diabetes.”

Both teams were part of the Community Health Awareness initiative led by SouthSeas Healthcare in collaboration with other Pacific health providers, which took place at the Otara Town centre yesterday to spread messages of better health and wellbeing in the South Auckland communities.

The 'Battle of the Rugby Stars' will kick off at 12:10pm, with the match between the All Blacks and Tonga following at 2:35pm.

Tana Umaga will be leading the Pacific Legends squad and La’auli Sir Michael Jones is the coach for the NZ Barbarians Legends squad.

The event is supported by Pacific Rugby Players and their MaiBody, MaiFuture campaign, SouthSeas Healthcare, The Fono, Anytime Fitness NZ, New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association, the NZ Barbarians Club and New Zealand Rugby.

Pacific Legends Squad

Inoke Afeaki, Tomasi Cama, Graham Dewes, DJ Forbes, Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, Fanka Halai, Jeff Ierome, Roy Kinikinilau, Nili Latu, Filipo Levi, Lua Lokotui, Laisa Maasi, Deacon Manu, Seilala Mapusua, Onehunga Mata’uiau, Luke Mealamu, Mikaele Pesamino, Junior Poluteuigaga, John Senio, Semo Sititi, Hale T Pole, Justin Va’a, To’o Vaega, Samiu Vahafolau, Lesley Vainikolo, Silao Vaisola-Sefo, Tanner Vili, Gavin Williams, Radike Samo

New Zealand Barbarians Legends Squad

Mana Ashford, Monty Betham, Jason Chandler, Loki Crichton, Dave Dillion, Rhys Duggan, Ross Filipo, Troy Flavell, Corey Flynn, Rico Gear, Craig Glendinning, Jarod Hoeata, Tony Koonwaiyou, Tone Kopelani, Wairangi Koopu, Johnny Leo’o, Slade McFarlane, Cameron McIntyre, Matt Mustchin, Sonny Parker, Matua Parkinson, Sonny Parker, Matua Parkinson, Kevin Senio, Chris Smylie, Carlos Spence, Sherwin Stowers, Rua Tipoki, Ofisa Tonu’u, Tane Tu’ipolotu, Scott Waldrom, Ruben Wiki.

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