Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / New Zealand / News
New Zealand
Bryan Williams backs Pacific Islands Test
Tom Hamilton in Auckland
June 9, 2014
Former All Black Bryan Williams, Super Rugby season launch, Auckland, New Zealand, February 8, 2011
Bryan Williams wants to see the All Blacks tour the Pacific Islands © Getty Images

All Black great Bryan Williams has backed the growing clamour for New Zealand to play a Test series in the Pacific Islands.

The news comes hot on the heels of International Rugby Board CEO Brett Gosper's statement the organisation would "love to see the All Blacks play in the Pacific, in Samoa, or anywhere in that region".

Bryan Williams who knows the politics of the situation better than most. He played 38 times for the All Blacks between 1970 and 1978, helped coach Samoa in the 1991, 1995 and 1999 Rugby World Cups and held the position of New Zealand Rugby Union president during their 2011 World Cup triumph.

For Williams, who was born in Auckland but whose father is Samoan, he feels it is time for New Zealand to journey to the Islands. "I wish the All Blacks would go up to the Pacific Islands and there are lots of ex-players and current players who believe it should happen," Williams told ESPN. "But they are governed by their masters.

"There have been other teams who have gone up to the Islands - New Zealand A and New Zealand Maori but the All Blacks have never been there. Wales have, France have, Ireland have and England have been to Fiji on a number of occasions. There's no earthly reason why the All Blacks should not have been to Samoa or Tonga in the past. There are so many Pacific Island players who are making big contributions to New Zealand rugby and they would love to see it."

And amid talk of Super Rugby expansion, Williams would like to see an Islands team considered.

"They are talking about expansion but they are talking about expanding to Japan, America, Argentina but no question about expanding with a Pacific Island team. It might not be feasible to base it up there, it might be you have to base it here or in Australia but a bit of lateral thinking would help overcome those sorts of problems."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Tom Hamilton is the Associate Editor of ESPNscrum.

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

  • Cricket

  • Rugby

    • Days
    • Hrs
    • Mins
    • Secs

    F1 - Italian GP

  • OtherLive >>

    Cycling - Vuelta a Espana
    Tennis - US Open
    Golf - Deutsche Bank Championship
  • Football

    Liverpool weigh up Valdes move

    Liverpool are considering a move for former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes in order to provide extra competition for Simon Mignolet

  • Formula 1

    Drivers wanted Parabolica tarmac run-off - Whiting

    Charlie Whiting says F1 drivers were among those asking for the new tarmac run-off area at Monza's Parabolica corner which caused a storm when pictures circulated on Twitter last month

  • Football

    Hernandez joins Real Madrid on loan

    Real Madrid have confirmed that Javier Hernandez is joining on a season-long loan from Manchester United with an option for a permanent deal

  • Rugby

    Sexton breaks jaw against Toulon

    Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton faces a couple of months on the sidelines after he broke his jaw playing for Racing Metro at the weekend, according to the Irish Examiner

  • Football

    United agree loan deal for Falcao

    Manchester United have agreed a loan deal for Radamel Falcao, subject to the Monaco striker passing a medical and personal terms being agreed

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!