THE Rugby Football Union (RFU) will make a goodwill payment of £75,000 to the Samoan Rugby Union after the association was yesterday declared bankrupt ahead of internationals against Scotland and England.
Scotland are set to host the Pacific Islanders on Saturday and they are then scheduled to face England at Twickenham on November 25.
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who also chairs 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 pay players’ 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 £10 million.
The RFU are set to make a similar payment to the Samoan Rugby Union, who wrote to their hosts detailing the issues of their dispute with global governing body World Rugby over ongoing funding issues and their national administration.