RugbyU - Carter, Williams back Samoans in dispute

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Dan Carter of the All Blacks speaks during a New Zealand All Blacks media session at the Radisson Blu Hotel on November 13, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Phil Walter/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/PHIL WALTER)

- Several senior All Blacks publicly backed Samoa's players over a dispute with the Samoa Rugby Union and its chairman, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Ten New Zealand players, including superstars Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams, tweeted a picture of themselves holding a sign saying #SamoaUnited, which Williams tweeted with the message "Supporting our Samoan brothers".

The #SamoaUnited hashtag has become a social media rallying point for the team, which this week dropped a threat to boycott Saturday's Test against England.

Their complaints reportedly include an alleged lack of financial transparency in the SRU and interference in selection.

AFP