16 Apr 2012

FORU president warns Pacific rugby teams will play more often away from the islands

10:23 am on 16 April 2012

The President of the Federation of Oceania Rugby Union warns that Pacific rugby teams will be playing more and more away from the islands.

Last week it was announced Japan will host this year's Pacific Nations Cup in June with four of the five games to be played in the country that will host 2019 world cup.

Harry Schuster says the decision won't be popular with rugby fans in the islands but the players will adapt.

"They're use to that, playing on neutral grounds and playing more and more games away from their home grounds. It's something that we in Tonga, Fiji and Samoa will need to get use to because the pressure of playing games at home and the amount of money we have to pay to bring teams in here is so costly that the easier option is to play them at either a neutral ground or play them on their home ground. So for us it's a reality we have to deal with."