Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance (PIRA): Rugby in ‘Our Sea of Islands’

  title={Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance (PIRA): Rugby in ‘Our Sea of Islands’},
  author={Robert F. Dewey},
  journal={The International Journal of the History of Sport},
  pages={1406 - 1420}
  • Robert F. Dewey
  • Published 2014
  • The International Journal of the History of Sport
Epeli Hau‘ofa's influential essays ‘Our Sea of Islands’ and ‘The Ocean in Us’ advocated the development of an Oceanic identity for the peoples of the Pacific. That cause, he argued, was consistent with geography, history and the need for coordinated responses to navigate a globalising world. It was also consistent with contemporary regional trends, as evidenced by the rise of cultural, intergovernmental and sporting connections. Though Hau‘ofa did not specifically mention rugby, his work raises… Expand
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