Samoan PM pushed for rugby and cricket coverage

Under the move eight countries will get up to eight hours a day of free-to-air content from New Zealand including selected Super Rugby, ITM Cup and international matches.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says while there will be plenty of new content available in the islands it's the sports coverage which has him excited.

"Rugby and cricket. Rugby and cricket - and I made damn sure the kind of sports that's going to be shown across, and the news too".

The New Zealand Prime Minister John Key believes the initiative will boost rugby in the Pacific.