Samoa have cancelled their trip to Europe this year as a result of Covid-19 complications.
It has been suggested that a substitute team could be picked from Samoan players in the European leagues and thus the fixtures scheduled against Georgia, Uruguay, Spain and the Barbarians could still be honoured, but it has been decided that it would be too difficult a task for the players based on home soil, given all the restrictions pertaining to Covid-19 currently in place.
The following statement was issued by Lakapi Samoa CEO, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai:
“Lakapi Samoa was not able to guarantee the safety of any of our players and management whilst on campaign and the current state of emergency measures by the government restricts the return of anyone within six months of contacting the virus.
“This was a major obstacle to keep our borders safe. We do accept the implications and scale of consequences the pandemic can have to our small country with limited resources.”