The fight by the Samoan authorities to convince the NZRU that it was about time for the All Blacks to play in their soil has been over. The All Blacks will play Samoa for the first time in Apia next year as both nations embark on their World Cup preparations, according to the New Zealand Herald.
Sua William Sio, Labour MP for Mangere told Kaniva News, “The All Blacks is finally firming up details in a historic move that will see the ABs play with Manu Samoa team in Samoa for the very first time. It will be a historic game when it takes place in June or July next year.
“The decision sends a clear and good message that the NZ rugby union recognise they have a moral obligation to send the ABs to play in the Pacific.
This will mean so much to the thousands of school students and young boys in Samoa and the Pacific generally who all worship the ABs and dream of playing for the ABs someday.
“ Its a fantastic outcome for all who have worked tirelessly to encourage the NZ rugby team to do the right thing for the Pacific fan base”.