No regrets for SRU despite million dollar deficit in hosting Abs

The Samoa Rugby Union believes hosting the All Blacks was money well spent despite facing a loss of 1.5 million Tala.

Chief Executive Officer Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai confirmed expenses for the Apia test, including training camps, player allowances, travel and accommodation, amounted to 3.4 million Tala, or 1.3 million US dollars.

Faleomavaega says the Union had expected to balance the books but only collected 1.9 million Tala in revenue (US$580,000).

"We were looking at probably breaking even but we were expecting to earn a little bit more from broadcasting and maybe as well would have got a bit more sponsorship but, in saying that, [we're] talking a lot more with future sponsors and so forth, as we speak. I think in the long-haul it was such a success that I think we are expecting a little bit more support now from sponsorship in moving forward".

Faleomavaega says despite coming at a significant cost the match has done wonders for Samoa's economy and promoted the country to the world.

He says the extra time in camp will also benefit the Manu team in their Rugby World Cup preparations.