Samoa play­ers deny pay dis­pute is over

The Star Early Edition - - CRICKET -

SAMOAN rugby play­ers are dis­put­ing the claims of their prime min­is­ter that a dis­pute with their na­tional rugby union has been re­solved. Prime Min­is­ter Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Maliel­e­gaoi, who is also union chair­man, told Tele­vi­sion New Zealand on Tues­day that he had spo­ken to the play­ers and the dis­pute is un­der con­trol. But lock Daniel Leo, who is spokesman for the Samoan team, told Ra­dio Live yes­ter­day “we haven’t even had a chance to meet with them, let alone sort any­thing out, so it’s stalling tac­tics.” The In­ter­na­tional Rugby Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion also is­sued a state­ment say­ing “the sit­u­a­tion is ab­so­lutely not un­der con­trol. There’s a lack of ur­gency from the Samoan Rugby Union to ad­dress is­sues and frus­tra­tions are build­ing within the rugby com­mu­nity.”

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