Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has made a very frank admission about the state of rugby in Samoa.
“We are bankrupt,” he told the Samoa Observer during an interview in his office.
“In other words we are insolvent. It means the Union cannot continue to pay off our debts with the banks. We also need money to pay the players so they can continue to play.”
Tuilaepa, who is the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union (SRU), was responding to queries put to him about a Radiothon scheduled by the Union today where they are pleading for financial help from members of the public.
Asked if it’s true the SRU. has no money to pay for the insurance of Manu Samoa players preparing for a test match against Scotland this Saturday and the salary of Head Coach, Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua, Tuilaepa said yes.