Manu Samoa to play Heartland New Zealand on the road to Japan in Eden Park rugby double-header
Manu Samoa will play Heartland New Zealand in the Pasifika Challenge II The Road to Japan at Eden Park on Saturday, August 31, 2019.
The match is an important step for Manu Samoa’s preparation on the road to Japan campaign and is part of a blockbuster Pasifika double-header with Fiji taking on Tonga.
“The Pasifika Challenge is a great opportunity for our squad to get together and finalise preparations for Japan,” said Steve Jackson, Manu Samoa Head Coach.
We are a very close group and any opportunity to come together to work on both on-field executions as well as the equally important off-field culture is something we all jump at.
In addition to funding their participation, event promoters Left Field Live have promised the Teams an added financial incentive based on the final crowd attracted to the game. A sell-out crowd on August 31 will deliver the strongest possible financial windfall for Tonga, Samoa and Fiji who will share in this upside equally.
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development General Manager Destination, Steve Armitage notes the importance of the event:
“This is yet another occasion to acknowledge our place as a city of the Pacific, highlighting our status as the largest Polynesian city in the world by providing a stage for our Pasifika communities to come together to support and celebrate their teams.”
His Excellency, Leasi Papali’i Tommy Scanlan, Samoa’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, is looking forward to his country’s team assembling in New Zealand for their final game before the World Cup: “Manu Samoa players will come together from across the world and we want our community to give the Manu a big Samoan farewell that reaffirms to the boys our love, support and blessings whilst in Japan.”
Pasifika Challenge II – The Road To Japan
2pm: New Zealand Heartland XV vs. Manu Samoa
4:30pm: Ikale Tahi vs. Fiji Airways Flying Fijians
WHEN: Saturday, August 31, 2019
WHERE: Eden Park, Auckland
COST: Starting from $25
Tickets and more information available HERE