Schwalger slams Samoa-NZ ticket prices

Date published: July 1 2015

Mahonri Schwalger has said that Samoa's most passionate fans won't be able to watch the historic Test with New Zealand.

The former Samoa captain believes that the ticket prices for next Wednesday's major event in Apia are too steep for the general Samoan population.

A crowd of 8000 are expected at Apia Park next week, reduced from 12,000 due to renovations on the stadium taking place, with the cheapest general admission tickets priced at 40 Tala.

From there tickets are priced at 100 Tala in the grandstand corner, 300 Tala in the side stand and 500 Tala for the best seats in the house in the middle of the grandstand.

Schwalger, who played for the Highlanders, Hurricanes and Chiefs while winning 40 caps for Samoa, highlighted how even the cost of the lowest ticket would be excessive for the average Samoan.

"Here in Samoa most people probably get three or four Tala an hour," Schwalger told Stuff. 

"Most people can't afford tickets to get into the game. Most of the people here in the Islands will probably try and find a TV.  

"The people that are really passionate about supporting Samoan rugby, they won't be at the stadium because they can't afford it.

"You can't go and watch a game because your family will be hungry the next day. When you're living here it's quite expensive. It's not a big country. There's not enough jobs.

"I'm pretty disappointed about it. The reason why the All Blacks are here is for our people in Samoa to be part of something special, but they can't afford it."