"Nothing to lose": Spain

By Vaelei Von Dincklage 11 July 2024, 8:00AM

Manu Samoa should expect a fired-up Spain this Saturday as captain Mario Pichardie has summed up their intent, "We have nothing to lose."

The two teams will face off on Saturday at Apia Park as part of the July international Tests.

In an interview with Samoa Observer at Tanoa Hotel, Pichardie said they will give all they have.

"It's a massive pleasure to be here. As a team we want to build up something special, we want to connect and give a good performance," he said.

"We know Samoa just came out of a huge upset against Italy last week. I think it's a good opportunity for us. We have nothing to lose, so I think the team will bring out all they got for this week's game and hopefully take the win back home."

Coach Pablo Bouza understands it is going to be tough as Manu Samoa beat Italy, one of the toughest teams in the Six Nations. 

"We arrived Sunday night, and the boys, our team is very young, we know we are coming to a tough match. It is a big challenge," he said.

"I know it will be us against the whole nation on Saturday. We're not used to playing Samoa, we've played Georgia, Netherlands, Romania, and others but never Samoa. We are trying to adapt to the weather. Our preparations are going well."

Spain is currently ranked 19th in the World Rugby ranking while Samoa after the Italy win is now 13th. 

For most of the Spanish players, it is their first time being in a Pacific island nation.

Pichardie said he did not expect rugby to take him and his team almost 20,000 miles away from home. He said he found the weather strange but it will not hinder preparations for this weekend.

"It's quite strange, it rains then it is sunny then it rains again. It's a special place here. It is a different environment than what we see back in Spain. But it will not affect our preparations. Like I said, we have nothing to lose and go out there and perform like we always do," he added.

The Manu Samoa and Spain match kicks off at 4 pm on Saturday at Apia Park.


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By Vaelei Von Dincklage 11 July 2024, 8:00AM
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