22 May 2012

Sport: American Samoa dreams big after IRB inclusion

11:01 am on 22 May 2012

The Chairman of the American Samoa Rugby Union says qualifying for a future World Cup tournament is no longer a pipe-dream now that the territory has full IRB membership.

The Union was officially admitted as a full member of the IRB last week, with

IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset saying it has demonstrated a determination to grow the game within the territory.

The Chairman of the American Samoa Rugby Union, Governor Togiola Tulafono, says he sees no reason why, in time, the territory can't now push on and qualify for major events such as the World Sevens Series and Rugby World Cup.

"After watching the first ever high school rugby sevens tournament, in the last weekend here in American Samoa, I see a lot of raw talent there. I saw a lot of desire on the young people to be a part of the game. It gives me great hope, the desire is strong, and the commitment is real to be one of the best teams in the world."