29 Aug 2008

NZRU slated for underplaying Manu Samoa Test

8:52 am on 29 August 2008

The All Blacks play Manu Samoa in New Plymouth on Wednesday night in a fixture that's drawn criticism for disrespecting New Zealand's Island neighbours.

It's clear the New Zealand Rugby Union aren't treating the Samoa Test as anything more than a warm-up for the Tri-Nations decider against the Wallabies in Brisbane on September 13th.

But New Zealand haven't played Samoa for seven years and there's been little fanfare with some asking why the match isn't being played in Auckland or Apia at the weekend.

Samoa lock/flanker Chad Slade says it's kind of sad not to see much publicity about the game and he's not sure if it's disrespect from the NZRU.

But Slade says Samoa will go out there and try to earn some respect on the field.