3 Jul 2015

Samoa gets time off to watch rugby test

8:22 am on 3 July 2015

The Samoan Prime Minister says all employees will only be working a half day next Wednesday to watch the historic rugby Test between Manu Samoa and the All Blacks in Apia.

Manu Samoa captain Ofisa Treviranus.

Manu Samoa captain Ofisa Treviranus. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, who is also the chairman of Samoa's rugby union, said a public announcement would be made next week.

Meanwhile, people around the country have shown their support for Manu Samoa by hoisting flags in front of their homes, by the side of the road, and on their cars.

The Prime Minister said the people's hearts were with the national team, and even villages that would never be visited by the All Blacks were doing the same.

The Samoan rugby union yesterday confirmed it had reduced the capacity for the Test at Apia Park from 12,000 to 8,000.