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New Zealand rugbyNext year, the All Blacks are set to play their first Test ever in the Pacific Islands against Samoa for their World Cup build up, announced the NZRU or New Zealand Rugby Union on Tuesday.

The clash takes place July 8, 2015 in Apia. The date for the Test is scheduled for only four days following the final of Super Rugby next year and Hansen has said it is very unlikely that the All Blacks who played in the decider for Super Rugby would not appear in Apia.

That in turn raised the thought that several players in the first team would miss the Test versus Samoa if two teams from New Zealand reach the final, which is something that has not occurred since 2006 at which time the Hurricanes were beaten by the Crusaders.

Hansen was not in agreement with a tag that was put on of “All Black B,” if for example the Chiefs play the Crusaders in the SR Final.

Hansen was quick to point out that no B team exists for the All Blacks.

He said the All Blacks will play in Samoa and no more needs to be said and if two NZ teams are in the final, there will still be an All Blacks team playing four days later in Samoa.

Everyone, regardless of who plays, will be expected to win and Stephen Bethan the coach of Samoa will expect them to be beaten.

We have every respect in the world for rugby in Samoa, but we also are aware you cannot ask someone to participate in a huge final and then three days later be up to speed for a test match.

Despite the close proximity between New Zealand and Samoa, Tonga or Fiji the All Blacks have never had a Test in any of those places with a crowded fixtures list for international games and commercial considerations as the biggest obstacles.

New Zealand has faced Samoa in five games. The All Blacks won all five, with the last in 2008 in New Plymouth with the score 101-14.

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