The All Blacks are set to play a Test match in Samoa next year as part of their Rugby World Cup preparations, according to reports in the Southern Hemisphere.
The world champions have been criticised repeatedly in recent seasons for their failure to travel to the Pacific Islands for a Test match, despite the cultural and sports-related ties between the nations.
However, the New Zealand Herald says Steve Hansen’s side will head to Apia for a Test match in 2015 after an agreement was reached by the two countries’ unions. The clash will most likely take place in July.
The Kiwis have faced Samoa six times in Test matches, but never on Samoan soil, meaning this fixture has been highly anticipated. The pre-match Haka vs. Siva Tau war dances will add real edge to the occasion.
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