A Samoan rugby team has returned home after spending almost three months in New Zealand because of Covid-19.

The Manuma Samoa spent 14 days in isolation
after arriving in Auckland on 16 March, following their Rapid Rugby
match in Perth, but had to remain at the hostel after being caught in
the national lockdown.

Seventeen players and six management staff boarded the first repatriation flight from New Zealand today.

Pacific Rugby Players association board member and former Manu Samoa
player, Seilala Mapusua, said the team was relieved to return to their
families.

“It’s been a long couple of months for them…there’s some pretty happy boys right now.

“They’ve been away from family and friends for quite a while and
they’ll be happy just to get home and get back to some kind of
normality,” he said.

Despite their return, the team will need to wait a little longer before reuniting with family, with a mandatory 14 days of quarantine for passengers.

“They’re not quite home yet but at least they’re on their way. I’m sure they’ll love to be in quarantine at least on home soil.”

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