27 Apr 2011

Manu Samoa happy to help Japan with Tokyo clash

11:18 am on 27 April 2011

The Samoa Rugby Union says it's looking forward to playing a test against Japan in Tokyo as part of the Pacific Nations Cup.

All other matches in the tournament were yesterday moved from Japan to Fiji following the devastating earthquake and Tsunami that hit the north-east coast of Japan early last month.

The International Rugby Board says the decision was taken jointly with the Japan Rugby Football Union but the opening game, between Japan and Samoa, will still be played in Tokyo.

The Samoa Rugby Union's Chief Executive Officer, Sua Peter Schuster says, in such unfortunate circumstances, it's nice to be able to still play a match in Japan as a gesture of goodwill.

"First to give some recognition to the rebuilding of the areas affected. So we have agreed to that - to come up and play the first game in Japan. We're looking forward to it and hopefully things improve as it progresses, you know."

Fiji have previously hosted the Pacific Nations Cup tournament in 2009.