By Lance Polu
APIA: Tuesday 14 July 2009 – The New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully is stopping over in Samoa later this week for five hours. Details of the visit have yet to be made public. It is his second visit since February this year where he visited the proposed home of Samoan rugby at the Faleata Sports Complex.
McCully who is also the Minister of the Rugby World Cup for host nation New Zealand, will meet with the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. Given rugby’s economic importance for small island states such as Samoa, it has been pushed into the political arena especially in the Pacific Islands Forum.
During Prime Minister John Keys visit last week to Samoa, Tuilaepa light heartedly asked that New Zealand release some of the players of Samoan descent that NZ would have no more use of, for Samoas selection for the 2011 World Cup. Samoa looks certain of a World Cup berth after a 115/7 thrashing of Papua New Guinea
in Apia last weekend.