There is a close association between sport and religion in Fiji, so it is appropriate perhaps that a Fijian who works for the United Nations in Austria is on a mission to spread the gospel of rugby league in that country.
For a brief period in the early two-thousands there was an Austrian national team that played matches against Germany and Estonia, but then everything folded.
But now having watched the sport come back to life in another European country, the Netherlands, Misa Vakadranu is out to do the same for Austria with the backing of the ERL, the European Rugby League.
And as a qualified referee, and level one accredited coach, Misa certainly has the right credentials to inject a little Pacific flavour, and get the job done.
“My aim here is to get domestic competition and get a foundation, so it just doesn’t die off anymore,” he has told Pacific Beat.
“In the beginning…I’m not expecting a lot of high level, skilled players, but I am expecting all walks of life. People can come in and learn the game…but I’m not going to be choosy, because the thing is to revive the game and get it going first of all.”
Vakadranu wants to have talks with the Austrian government about his plans, because he says he wants to get things right, and ensure that the game of rugby league is recognised officially in Austria.