WATCH: Special moment from the last time Samoa played England at Twickenham

Samoa’s players threatened to boycott their match at Twickenham in protest at rugby’s turmoil in their country in 2014, but after turning up and playing their hearts out their England counterparts joined them in a prayer of solidarity.

Samoa’s strike threat was averted after the intervention of World Rugby and the players’ union, though the team wore wristbands in protest at the continuing, and long-running issues with the governance of the game in their homeland.


After England had won the match 28-9, the Samoan squad took their usual positions in the centre circle for their traditional prayer – only for the England players to join them.

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