18 Nov 2014

Sport: Samoan ambassador to EU represents SRU in talks

2:12 pm on 18 November 2014

The Samoan ambassador to the European Union is representing the Samoa Rugby Union in discussions over concerns from senior players that the governance and management of the Union is not up to scratch.

A group of senior players met with the IRB and the Players Association at the weekend, with no SRU representative at the talks.

But the Manu Samoa team manager, Namulau'ulu Sami Leota, says that the ambassador to the European Union for Samoa, Dr Paolelei Luteru, has since made contact on behalf of the Union.

"The information that came out from the leadership is that most of the matter has been passed onto the professional players association and the IRB. I belive that in terms of representation of the Samoa Rugby Union, our ambassador over here is now in direct contact with the IRB and also the Players Association. I think it was just a bit of misunderstanding on the date but the ambassador is representing the Union on behalf of the honourable Prime Minister and the Union in these discussions at this stage anyway".

Namulau'ulu Sami Leota says the issue is very important to the players but says it has not affected their preparations in camp ahead of this weekend's test against England.

England are coming off the defeats against New Zealand and South Africa whilst Samoa picked up their first win on tour at the weekend against Canada.