New Zealand
All Blacks Test in Samoa confirmed
ESPN Staff
September 9, 2014
Samoa on the attack during their 15-0 win, Samoa v Italy, Apia, June 14, 2014
Samoa hosted and defeated Italy in Apia three monhs ago © Twitter
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New Zealand and Samoa have confirmed the date for an historic Test between to two nations, with the All Blacks' first match on Samoan soil taking place on July 8, 2015.

The midweek Test will have an afternoon kick-off (3pm local, 2pm NZ time, 12pm Australia) and will form part of both teams' preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015.

"This will be a wonderful celebration of the rich rugby connections and proud history that bind New Zealand and Samoa," New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey said. "We know how much rugby means to Samoans and New Zealanders so to take the All Blacks to Apia will be a huge moment for all of us.

''Importantly, we are not only honouring rugby's Pacific heritage, we are also providing players with a meaningful test as part of our plan to ensure the All Blacks are in the best possible shape to win in England in 2015."

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said: "Many players in our team have strong ties to Samoa so this test will be a great occasion for all of us. It will only enhance the links between our two countries.''

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