World Rugby, England And Players Mobilised As Samoan RU Struggle For Funds

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9 November 2017

The RFU have agreed to make a one-off payment of £75,000 to Samoa – England’s opposition in just over two weeks’ time – after the Pacific island nation’s governing body declared themselves bankrupt.

The England players are also said to havew pledged to donate £1,000 each to their cause.

World Rugby has said that it will investigate at the game's governance in Samoa after Samoa Rugby Union chair Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegao pleaded with the public at home for financial support this week, launching a fund-raising radio phone-in.

"There may be some governance issues here that we need to take a closer look at," Brett Gosper, World Rugby CEO told Sky Sports. “They have occurred in the past and we've sat down with them and helped them in different ways to get themselves back on their feet."

Gosper noted that the Samoan RU could not simply expect a hand-out, saying World Rugby was already the largest financial contributor to the sport in the Pacific island nations of Samoa, Fiji and Tonga.

He said WR had budgeted about £4.9 million (€5.6m) for Samoan rugby between 2015 and 2019, up 30 percent on the previous four-yearly World Cup cycle.

"It's a fact of life. There's an economic difference in the unions in some parts of the world versus the unions in other parts of the world," he said.

"There isn't sufficient money to create the redistribution that may well lead to an equalisation of pay. There are market forces that

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