Samoa's Prime Minister has declared the country's rugby union 'bankrupt' ahead of tests against Scotland and England this month.
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi who is also chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union made the comments in an interview with the Samoa Observer ahead of a local telephone fund‑raising initiative.
He says the Union cannot continue to pay off its debts with the banks.
Samoa play Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday and England at Twickenham on November 25th.
Tuilaepa said there was no money to pay for player insurance and the head coach's salary.
Former Samoa international Daniel Leo said on Twitter that it was a "dark day for the rugby world".
However, the English Rugby Football Union will compensate Samoa to the tune of about $150,000.
All on‑the‑ground costs for visiting teams are also covered.
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