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England to give 'insolvent' Samoa £75k

By Robert Jones

The Rugby Football Union will make a goodwill payment of £75,000 to the Samoan Rugby Union (SRU) after the association was declared bankrupt ahead of internationals against Scotland and England.

Scotland are set to host the Pacific Islanders on Saturday - with all expenses paid - and are then scheduled to face England at Twickenham on November 25.

Samoa prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegao, also chairman of the SRU, told the Samoa Observer that the governing body was "insolvent", with the union unable to "pay off our debts with the banks" or fund player wages.

Last year the RFU offered Fiji £75,000 as a "goodwill gesture" ahead of the Test at Twickenham, with match revenues said to generate some £10million.

The RFU are set to make a similar payment to the SRU, who wrote to their hosts detailing the issues of their dispute with global governing body World Rugby over on-going funding issues and their national administration.

England players are said to be due match fees in the region of £22,000, while the Samoa squad would be only some £650.

Currently there is no regulation for host nations to share matchday revenues.

However, England internationals Mako Vunipola and Manu Tuilagi, who were born in Tonga and Samoa respectively, have urged team-mates to make a gesture of their own by giving some of their match fee to their opponents.

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