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Samoan PM confirms NZ Test in Apia

18th July 2014 07:39

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Date set: All Blacks v Samoa

The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegao, has confirmed that the All Blacks will face Samoa in Apia on July 8, 2015.

The Samoan leader revealed the news on his weekly radio programme that a letter confirming the fixture had been received from the NZRU.

The fixture, to be played on a Wednesday, will be the first between the two countries ever to be played in Samoa.

Tuilaepa added that renovations would be carried out on Apia Park ahead of next year's fixture, with help from overseas.

Given the timing of the fixture, it's likely to be used as a warm-up match before the Rugby Championship begins, in a busy year before the Rugby World Cup in England.

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