Saturday 21 July 2018

World game needs Samoa - Townsend

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has expressed his sympathy for Samoan rugby after they were declared bankrupt earlier this week.

The Pacific islanders were declared bankrupt by prime minister Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi ahead of their two autumn Tests in November, starting at BT Murrayfield tomorrow before they take on England.

The Scottish Rugby Union are believed to be covering the costs of Samoa during their time in Scotland under a long-standing agreement. Townsend, who is preparing to take charge of his first game on home turf, said it was important to keep sides like Samoa and Fiji in the world game.

"We want every country doing well, especially a nation like Samoa that has produced so many good rugby players and so many great wins over the years," he said. "Let's hope they get through this in a much better state than they seem to be in right now.

"They are a huge part of the worldwide game of rugby and it's a big challenge taking them on this week because we know how proud they are but also what a good team they are."

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