14 Mar 2007

The Samoan Rugby Union has full control of national rugby side Manu Samoa

10:48 am on 14 March 2007

New Zealand businessman Sir Michael Fay has handed back the management of Manu Samoa to the Samoa Rugby Union, but will still have some involvement.

The move follows an agreement signed between Sir Michael Fay, and Samoa's prime minister and rugby union chairman, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, during talks in Auckland last week.

Tuilaepa says most of the shares previously held by Sir Michael in Manu Samoa limited are now owned by the SRU.

Tuilaepa says Sir Michael has been appointed as vice-patron, and will help to promote the national team, and assist with the teams financial affairs.