New Zealand set to play historic Test match in Samoa

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New Zealand have never before played an official Test match in the Pacific Islands

New Zealand will play a historic Test match in Samoa in 2015.

The All Blacks have never before played a Test in the Pacific Islands.

The fixture was announced by Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who said the match would take place on 8 July next year.

International Rugby Board CEO Brett Gosper welcomed the news on Twitter, writing: "Congrats New Zealand Rugby on making it happen #Historical."

The match, scheduled to be held in the Samoan capital Apia, will act as a warm-up for New Zealand's 2015 Rugby Championship campaign.

New Zealand have previously faced accusations of exploiting the Pacific Islandsexternal-link by naturalising the region's best players. Legendary All Blacks Michael Jones and Pat Lam are among the players who represented Samoa earlier in their career.