Rugby Excitement Reaches Fever Pitch In Samoa

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Manu Samoa players blessed at televised church service

By Lance Polu

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, July 7, 2015) – The air is filled with excitement. From children to old men and women who may know next to nothing about rugby. But they have come out in full force to make a decoration, string a flag, paint and colour a rock, a wall even they painted live dogs in the black and blue.

It’s the national pride against each village to put up the best to welcome the visitors, and above all, to show their own team that they do care and they are offering their silent prayers and support.

In church yesterday, rugby was top of the prayers list and blessings. On TV during the live church service, the church minister was orating about combinations and partnerships and relates the two to not only human success in life, but success in rugby itself.

Since the 1991 World Cup, when Manu Samoa burst on to the world rugby stage, having beaten Wales and Argentina and lost narrowly to the eventual winners, the Wallabies in atrocious conditions in Pontypool, a new religion had taken root for a just as religious Samoan people.

That Sunday, the church services were obviously late, when almost the whole population stayed up until daylight to watch Manu Samoa’s dream ride, put to and end at the hands of the Scots in the World Cup quarterfinals. Since then, the clergy had to come up with new terminology so as to express our remorse in seeking God’s forgiveness.

Forgiveness for things like:

Such is the ambiance now permeating throughout the whole country as it is a few hours to when the rugby world champions land in Samoa to play their first ever match on Samoan soil.

It will be a half day holiday and much will remain still for 80 plus minutes as most who will not be able to find a ticket to be at the Apia Park, will be glued to their television sets.

In their barely three days in Samoa, the All Blacks will only be traveling a very small part of the country, but in the remotest of places in these islands occupied by 180,000 rugby mad people, is a sign that they are thinking, praying and supporting this historic sporting event.

We have compiled this clip from some of those images from around the country.

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