8 Nov 2017

Sport: Samoan public asked to bail out 'broke' rugby union

From , 4:00 pm on 8 November 2017

The Samoan public is being asked to dig deep to bail out the country's rugby union, which has been labelled "bankrupt" by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Tuilaepa, who is also the chair of the SRU, said the Union could not afford to pay off debts with banks and also need funds to pay players in the Manu Samoa sevens and fifteens squads.

Our correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, told Vinnie Wylie the Union is holding a fundraising radiothon on Wednesday in at attempt to address their dire financial situation.

Samoa's PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Samoa's PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi Photo: RNZI Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia