Samoan Rugby fans
APIA, SAMOA – WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL 2019: Global Rugby maybe revolutionary with its 70 minutes playing time and time limits for scrums and lineouts. Scoring tries will take in not 5 or 7 but 9 points without even having to convert the try.
But as far as the Samoa Rugby Union is concerned, it’s another opportunity and pathway for Samoan rugby players and Samoan rugby overall.
Coming at the windfall of the controversial World Rugby competition that will be discussed by the World Rugby Board in Dublin next month, Rapid Rugby has shown itself to be swift, demanding and exciting rugby union.
The new format has the full support of Union Chairman Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi as he told Talamua in his weekly news interview last night that it will provide opportunities to feed Samoan rugby in 7s and 15s and give a new opening for young players. “It could be the next best thing to Sevens which has the ultimate recognition as an Olympic sports,” said Tuilaepa.
And coming with a million Australian dollars as First Prize.
The fast developing new form of rugby union has been sanctioned by World Rugby to have a competition of clubs based in Asia, Western Australia, Fiji and Samoa.
The Samoa Rugby Union has partnered with Pacific Sports International to provide guidance and help assemble a Samoan identity club.
The club is called Kagifa-Samoa, Kagifa being a legendary massive “wild fish” which caused much havoc in ancient times.
Kagifa-Samoa is formed by Pacific Sports International of Hawaii, United States under the leadership of Richard Fale the CEO.
Currently the club is being assembled in Auckland NZ drawing on the large and deep Samoan rugby playing diaspora as well as the Manu Samoa and players from the Samoan “Super 9” competition that started last weekend.
This year, the Rapid Rugby Showcase will launch the brand in the Asia Pacific region, traveling throughout Asia, the Pacific Islands and Australasia to give fans, viewers, players and coaches a live taste of what is to come in Season One in 2020.
And that is when teams including Kagifa Samoa will compete for an AUD$1 million first prize.
The first match will be 18 May 18 hosted by the GRR Fijian Latui club and played at ANZ National Stadium in Suva.
Kagifa Samoa will play their first game in Perth against the Western Force 31 May and their return match will be in Brisbane 15 June.