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RFU to compensate Samoa
By Raga House | Wed 08 Nov, 2017 16:47

The Rugby Football Union has told Sky Sports News they will compensate Samoa amid reports of financial difficulties for the Samoan rugby authorities.

England are scheduled to host the Pacific Islanders at Twickenham on November 25, in the third of their autumn international series.

Reports in the Samoan press, quoting the prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, suggested that the Samoa Rugby Union is in a dire financial situation.

Tuilaepa, who is also chairman of the SRU, told the Samoa Observer: "We are bankrupt. In other words, we are insolvent.

"It means the Union cannot continue to pay off our debts with the banks. We also need money to pay the players so they can continue to play."

The RFU made a similar goodwill gesture to Fiji when they toured last year.

On that occasion, the RFU passed over £75,000, and a similar figure is expected to be handed over this time.

The Samoans are scheduled to play Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday November 11.

Samoa rugby stars will earn just £650 for the autumn Test against England at Twickenham, with many stars earning just £2,000-a-year. According to former captain Dan Leo, many Samoan players are living "beneath the poverty line"

Meanwhile, Eddie Jones' Red Rose stars will pocket £22,000 each for the clash on November 25.

Ex-Samoa skipper Leo claimed: "People are up in arms for a few days but then they move on and World Rugby do nothing about it.

"We still have the same dated system where the hosts keep all the revenue — meaning the Pacific Islands get nothing because the big nations never play there.

"If each Samoa player got, say, £4,000, that would set them up for a year.

Additional material derived from Sky Sports

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