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Samoans arrive in town ahead of World Cup
1:15pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
THE Samoan rugby league team was given a traditional welcome to Warrington this morning - by a group of school children.
Youngsters from Latchford St James Primary School gave a passionate performance of the haka on the steps of the Village Hotel in the town centre.
It will be the Samoan team’s home for the duration of the tournament.
Clr Terry O’Neill, leader of Warrington Borough Council, was among the dignitaries to welcome the team.
He said: “This massive for the town.
“Look at the children this morning and what it meant to them. They won’t forget this.
“The World Cup is not just about the sport. It is about sharing the culture as well.”
Matt Parish is coach of the Samoans, whose squad includes Saints powerhouse Sia Soliola and Wigan’s Harrisen Hansen, and he said they were honoured to be staying in Warrington.
He added: “It is very humbling for the boys to see the children when we arrived and we feel very honoured.”
As well as staying at The Village, the Samoans will play their first group game against New Zealand on October 27 and will train at Padgate campus of the University of Chester for the duration of the tournament.
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