Funnily enough, Tahiti is not a nation of rugby. Why ? Because this sport is popular in South Pacific only in territories of English influence, on top of which you find the All Blacks Maori. But French Polynesia is more into football, when it comes to team up on a field.
However, the ever growing popularity of the New-Zealand and other Samoan teams, and also the idea of how imposing a maohi warrior can be to the opponent, definitely push these youngsters to try it out. And they love it.
That day of December 2007, the hottest month of the year, I can tell you the team from Paea was super motivated to catch up on their fellows from Faa'a.
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