Samoa retract England boycott

2014-11-12 20:00
Samoa v Ireland (AFP)
Cape Town - Samoa will play against England next weekend as planned after raising concerns pertaining their union's governance with the IRB.

The players initially wrote to the IRB last month to raise concerns relating to team selection, squad announcements and financial transparency.

The IRB have since released a statement confirming their receipt of the letter and that after meeting with the concerned parties, have ironed out their differences, thus paving the way for Samoa to fulfill their November Test programme.

"On October 27, the IRB was made aware of concerns raised by the Samoa senior men's national squad regarding the administration of the Samoa Rugby Union. This included an indication that the players would withdraw from the match against England on November 22 if their concerns were not heard,"said the statement.

"Subsequently, the IRB engaged in dialogue with the Samoa Rugby Union and the International Rugby Players' Association to facilitate urgent and collaborative resolution. With all parties, including the players, committed to ongoing dialogue, just under two weeks ago the players withdrew their proposed action to withdraw from the England match and the IRB fully expects the Union to undertake its obligation to honour its November Test programme commitment in full."

Samoa are due to play Canada in France on Friday before tackling Enlgand at Twickenham next week (22 November).

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