Lonely Planet Writer

New Zealand All Blacks visit Samoa, national holiday called

The All Blacks team in 2006 perform the haka.
All Blacks perform the haka in 2006. Image by Sonya & Jason Hills / CC BY-SA 2.0

The New Zealand All Blacks are playing their first-ever match in Samoa’s capital Apia on Wednesday prompting a half-day public holiday being called as the country celebrates the inaugural game. The two teams last played each other in 2008 in New Zealand. The All Blacks were greeted with a massive welcome at the airport on Monday night with hundreds turning up for the occasion, others partying in the streets on the way into Apia. (see Prime News, New Zealand’s coverage here ). Many of the Kiwi team’s players have Samoan heritage including the current captain Tana Umaga. Read more: nytimes.com