Samoa withdraw from November matches
NEWS: The Samoan Rugby Union, Lakapi Samoa, said on Monday it had withdrawn from three November matches in Europe due to coronavirus travel problems.
The Pacific Islanders were scheduled to face Georgia, Spain and the Barbarians next month.
“The decision by the Lakapi Samoa Board was taken in line with the relevant Samoa Government’s Health Special Travel Advice and recognise further Covid-related challenges in relation to players based in New Zealand,” the governing body said in a statement.
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The statement said discussions were being held over fielding a ‘Manu Samoa selection’ side with players who are able to travel for the BaaBaas fixture on November 27.
“Lakapi Samoa has the full assistance of World Rugby to find any potential short-term competitions while redoubling efforts to ensure a strong programme of matches in 2022 and beyond,” the statement added.
“Both parties are committed to secure a ‘Manu Samoa selection’ fixture against the UK Barbarians, involving Europe-based players and coaches.”
Manu Samoa Sevens have also pulled out of two Sevens World Series legs in Dubai in November and December.
Later on Monday, the BaaBaas added Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper as well as South Africa props Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe to their squad for the fixture at Twickenham.