19 Nov 2012

Sport: American Samoa says high costs are prohibiting public from watching rugby

11:32 am on 19 November 2012

The American Samoa governor Togiola Tulafono has contacted the International Rugby Board over concerns about the high cost of broadcasting live the IRB tournaments.

The last Manu Samoa matches were aired live in the territory on a privately owned television station, however many rugby fans does not pick up the signal and have called for the games to be broadcast on state TV.

Togiola says the rights to air the games in the Pacific region usually comes through a broadcaster in Fiji, which costs a lot of money and is not affordable for small countries and territories, although they have large audiences of rugby fans.

The governor says an online link is now provided to watch the match and the

territory is now trying to resolve with the IRB for authorization for the American Samoa Government to link the online feed to KVZK-TV for airing live in the territory.