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Samoa to host Wales at Apia Park in June

Samoa Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai has confirmed that Samoa will host the Welsh rugby team in June this year.

Faleomavaega says it’s one of the biggest events for SRU two years away from the next Rugby World Cup.

“It’s a big challenge, but it’s a good challenge. We have faced Wales many times and they’re a formidable side so it’s good to have them here in June and that’s what we’re preparing for,” he said.

With many new faces in the Manu Samoa side, Faleomavaega and the SRU management are hoping coach Alama Ieremia and his boys will make the most of the opportunity.

“This is one of the normal fixtures too. Last year we hosted Tonga and this year they are supposed to host us. So it’s a part of all our normal Pacific fixtures,” added Faleomavaega.

“The goal is to push for that World Cup in 2019 in Japan. That’s our priority and our fixtures with Tonga and Fiji are the most important,” he said.

The Samoa Rugby Chief didn’t mince his words when he said the road to the Rugby World Cup isn’t going to be easy as Fiji and Tonga are also becoming more and more equipped.

“Our Pacific neighbors are also striving to better themselves and that means were supposed to push like them also. So if we want a spot in that tournament, we need to come out on top in the Pacific,” he added.

Meanwhile, a budget for hosting the Welsh team has yet to be released by the SRU chief.

However, he says the most important factor, is making sure the young Manu Samoa Team is ready to take on challenge by June this year.

Manu Samoa will take on Wales on Saturday, June 24 at Apia Park.

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