London - The
Rugby Football Union will still pay Samoa £75 000 (R1.4 million) as a
goodwill gesture even though the Samoa Rugby Union is not bankrupt, the
English governing body announced on Monday.
Samoa's prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said earlier this
month the Samoan union, which he chairs, had become "insolvent" and was
incapable of paying off its bank debts.
On Monday, World Rugby issued a statement saying the Samoan union was
"not bankrupt", but the RFU intends to make a payment similar to one
made to Fiji prior to their match against England a year ago.
"We have said we will make a goodwill payment to Samoa in addition to covering their costs in England," an RFU spokesperson said.
"We are seeking guidance from World Rugby on where we should make the payment."
The RFU had previously rejected a request to donate a share of the
revenue from England's game against Samoa at Twickenham this Saturday to
the Pacific Islanders.