Samoa Rugby Union takes stance against Unions not releasing players to Manu Samoa Camp.
The Samoa Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer, Fred Amoa is taking stance by summoning- the IRB Regulation 9 allowing players to fulfill their Test duties to their nation of birth.
The concern was raised when the France Rugby Union (FRU) informed Manu Samoa National Head Coach, Stephan Betham that the French based players named in the Manu Samoa November Internationals, cannot be released to the Manu Samoa Surrey Camp when the team assemble on the 29th of October.
In taking its stance, Chief Executive Officer, Fred Amoa has written a letter to the Unions reminding them of iRB Regulation 9 obligations to release Manu Samoa players for the NHT.
IRB website explains, Regulation 9,- under the sub heading Global Release Periods – November International Window,-“The right to release for the senior national representative team, the next senior national representative team and the under 20 national representative team. Three matches played in November.
Under the second subheading : Hemisphere Release Periods says“Annual release period for Southern Hemisphere eligible players : “Six weeks (matches) out of the nine weeks from July 1st to August 31st for the senior national representative team, the next senior national representative team and the Under 20 national representative team.
Conditions are, players can only be released“on designated events such as the, Rugby World Cup and Qualification, Rugby World Cup Sevens, British & Irish Lions Tour and the Olympic Rugby Tournament and Qualification.”
The players involved are from France, - Daniel Leo, Ole Avei, Census Johnston, and Joe Tekori. The other two are George Pisi of Northampton Saints Club in England, and Seilala Mapusua who plays in Japan.
Head Coach Betham told reporters in a Press Conference that the 3 day camp is fundamental to their preparations. “Those are the only days that we are able to put together our team, ahead of our first test.”
Samoa plays against Canada on the 9th, Wales 16th and France 24th of November.
Source: Samoa Rugby Union