Welsh super fan loving Samoa

By Emily Dunn ,

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TANOA IS IMPRESSIVE: David Mather.

TANOA IS IMPRESSIVE: David Mather. (Photo: Emily Dunn)

Welsh super fan, David Mather, aged 53, has crossed the world to watch his home country play at Apia Park. 

His dedication to his rugby team has seen him stop off at several different countries, but Samoa has special significance, due to its beautiful surroundings.  

David made the three hour drive to London to catch a plane to Dubai, subsequently to Bangkok, Sydney, Canberra, Auckland, and finally Samoa, all for 80 minutes of Rugby! 

David brings with him “18 pairs of Rugby boots for the children of Samoa from my mini’s Rugby team back home, in Pontypridd.” 

Samoa is world renowned for its sporting ability; any extra recourses are always greatly appreciated by the young talent of the country. 

Having only just touched down in Samoa, David has been welcomed by a downpour of rain, but he is happily embracing the weather, fully understanding that it is the tropics. 

“I have only got here early hours of this morning, but first impressions are great. The hotel is lovely and the staff are excellent,” said the loyal rugby fan. He is staying at the Tanoa Hotel near Apia, where his competition the Manu Samoa squad are also staying for the week.

Having just eaten breakfast, David added: “There was everything you could want and plenty of it.” Excited to get out into the city and explore, he had a map in hand, highlighting the best stops to meet the locals before enjoying the big game.  

“During his six day stay on the island, he hopes to travel around, but already embracing the relaxed Samoan way, he stated “I will see how it goes, I have no set plans”.

Being adaptable and relaxed is the best way to make the most of the beautiful island as you never know what you may discover! Doubtless, David a keen runner, will experience this for himself while out jogging around the beautiful island. 

For now he is anticipating the big game and ready to embrace the culture and “have a sing and chat to people; singing is very important to me.” David definitely has something in common with the local community who also love to welcome travellers through song. 

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