There is a growing campaign in New Zealand for the All Blacks to tour the Pacific.
Despite its mass regional following, New Zealand’s rugby union team has never toured the islands.
This is in contrast to other top playing nations such as England, Wales and now, Italy.
The International Rugby Board backs the idea, as do many past and present players, including All Black great Bryan Williams.
New Zealand’s Opposition Labour Party has also joined the push, calling on the government in Wellington to help facilitate a regional tour.
“It’s the right thing to do considering the number of players that enhances the All Black brand, a considerable number come from the Pacific, ” Opposition spokesman on Pacific Islands Affairs Su’a William Sio told Pacific Beat.
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