Survivors of Wales v Samoa 1991 share memories of grief 30 years on

Thirty years to the day since Western Samoa (now Manu Samoa) conquered Wales in Cardiff, surviving spectators of that fateful day have come together on social media to support each other.

Led by East Terrace editor, James Stafford, stories are being shared under the hashtag #WalvSam1991 to mark the 16-13 loss to Samoa that helped knock Wales out of the 1991 World Cup.


Brave supporters have responded by coming forward and sharing their personal stories of the day.

There was at least one positive among the horror of that day, with the great Mike Rayer making his debut for Wales.

You can read more about Wales’s dark rugby history in James Stafford’s ‘An Illustrated History of Welsh Rugby’ (art by Raluca Moldovan).

The defeat was to repeated in the 1999 World Cup, also in Cardiff. Wales have fallen to Samoa four times in total. Here is the 1999 loss to Samoa.