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14 Jun 2024

Samoa coach Ben Gardiner reacts to England v Samoa Test Series

Samoa coach Ben Gardiner reacts to England v Samoa Test Series

Following the recent announcement of the England v Samoa two-match Test series this autumn - which is Samoa's first test series in England - Samoa's coach Ben Gardiner has spoken to the media:

“This upcoming tour presents an invaluable opportunity for us to build connections and relationships, as we continue to look forward to what we want to achieve,” Gardiner said.

“We are honoured to be part of this historic series and eager to showcase the talent and spirit of Toa Samoa on the international stage.

“Samoa is a proud nation with a rich rugby league history and we look forward to combining that passion with high performance throughout the series.”

Rugby League Samoa President, Fiu Ponifasio Vasa, has also shared his excitement for the end-of-year tour:

“The opportunity to compete against England in this two-Test series is a significant moment for our team and our nation,” Vasa said.

“Whenever our nation has the privilege of competing at the highest level, it’s a chance for us to proudly represent our country.

“As we work together, we aim to make Samoa proud on the international stage.”

Samoa will have the chance to play on the international stage when the two nations face off in a standalone series for the first time.

England will face their Samoan opponents this autumn in a two-match Test series sponsored by ABK Beer – at The Brick Community Stadium, Wigan, on Sunday 27 October and at AMT Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds, on Saturday 2 November - more details can be found here.


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