Manu Samoa coach says Samoa must be part of Super Rugby

By LAWRENCE GULLERY AND ROBERT KITTCHEN - Stuff ,

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BOYS IN BLUE: Manu Samoa with pride and honour.

BOYS IN BLUE: Manu Samoa with pride and honour. (Photo: Getty Images)

The man who scored the first points in professional rugby is about to embark on a personal crusade to prepare Samoa to enter Super Rugby.

Namulauulu Alama Ieremia has started his first full year working as director of coaching for Samoa and coach of the country's national rugby side.

"Would I like to see Samoa in Super Rugby? Absolutely. Would I like to see a Pacific Island team in there? Absolutely.

"Will it happen? The reality is that the way commercial things are run, it's going to make it difficult. However it's not going to stop me from pursuing a case for it."

Ieremia wants to put all the "off-field stuff" which has dogged Samoan rugby aside this year and develop it into a brand that could slot into Super Rugby.

For more details http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/76141267/alama-ieremia-samoa-must-be-part-of-super-rugby

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