The November tour of Samoa, rival of Los Pumas in the next RWC 2023, has been canceled due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. In this way, the match that was scheduled to begin its tour against Georgia November 6 will not take place, as will the meetings with Uruguay and Spain. At the moment, the match against the Barbarians on Twickenham.
Additionally, Lakapi Samoa CEO Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai also confirmed that the country’s sevens team withdrew from the next stages of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai.
“Lakapi Samoa was unable to guarantee the safety of any of our players or staff and current Government State of Emergency (SOE) measures restrict the return of anyone within six months of contact with the virus.”he said and added: “This was a major obstacle to keeping our borders secure. We accept the implications and scale of consequences that the pandemic it may have for our small country with limited resources. “
Samoa had already indicated last month that it would rely on Northern Hemisphere-based players in November, due to the current Covid-19 lockdowns in New Zealand and Australia.
Heas coach Vaovasamanaia Seilala Mapusua, who had just moved permanently to Samoa with his family, said he supported the decision: “It is disappointing and really difficult for our players, fans and the Host Unions. As a coach, our performance and reputation are seriously hampered if we cannot unite our team. However, the safety and well-being of protecting Samoa from the current The Covid-19 pandemic was ultimately the right decision. “
Samoa and World Rugby are still “committed to securing a match against UK Barbarians”, in which European players and coaches participate, at the end of next month.