Conroy announced Australia’s support of AUD$220,000 to the Manu Samoa

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Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Pat Conroy MP, is honoured to conclude his first visit to Samoa, building on the people-to-people connections that make the Samoa-Australia partnership so strong.
Minister Conroy announced Australia’s support of AUD$220,000 (approx. WST 390,000) to the Manu Samoa team ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup to be held in France, on the second day of his two-day visit.
Rugby is an integral part of Samoa and Australia’s national identities and a symbol of the shared love of sports between the two nations.
This Australian Government funding recognises our shared love of rugby, and the power of sports to bring our people together. Australia’s Pacific AusSports Initiative also assists other sporting codes including netball, cricket and rugby league.
“Sport has the power to transcend borders, cultures, and languages, and brings people together in a way that few things can. As someone who grew up playing and watching rugby, I understand the deep connection that people can have to their favourite teams and athletes,” Mr Conroy said.