All Blacks to play Test match in Samoa

By Jim Webster Having just returned from holidaying in Samoa, with its lovely beachside resorts, stunningly beautiful water-holes and ultra-friendly people, my wife and I were keen to return and were looking to do so around the second week of July. But nope; after some enquiries we’ve given up even thinking of doing so. Every type of accommodation, from bungalows to ultimate luxury, is booked out on the main island of Upolu. Everything? Yes, not a room to spare anywhere. And a local told me there won’t even be space to pitch a tent on any public ground! Why, you ask? What the hell’s happening over there? It so happens that the All Blacks will begin their march towards the Rugby World Cup under the Samoan sunshine at the very time we wanted to visit. They will be playing their first-ever Test match against Samoa in the capital Apia on Wednesday, July 8, kicking off at 3pm. As you can imagine, demand for tickets to the 12,000-capacity Apia Park and for accommodation was red
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