21 Sep 2011

Samoan fans flock to see team train

12:10 pm on 21 September 2011

Some 3000 Samoan rugby fans have turned out to see their team train in Auckland in the last public session before the players meet Fiji at Eden Park on Sunday.

The team were an hour late arriving at the Ponsonby Rugby Club but Radio New Zealand's reporter said that only gave the fans more time to warm up with songs and chants.

A large number of the crowd were schoolchildren who were draped in flags with their faces painted in the Samoan colours.

Some say they hoped their presence would be enough to lift the team to help it come back from last week's loss to Wales.

Others say tickets to the game were too expensive and this was their chance to see their team up close.