WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Senior All Blacks have sided with Samoan players in their dispute with their national rugby union, joining a social media campaign to force changes in the sport's administration in the Pacific island nation.
Center Sonny Bill Williams, who has 405,000 Twitter followers, posted a picture of 10 All Blacks, including flyhalf Dan Carter, grouped around a sign bearing the hashtag SamoaUnited.
The hashtag was created to allow expressions of support for the efforts of Samoan players to force administrative reform.
Samoan players had threatened to boycott Saturday's test against England at Twickenham to highlight their concerns about the Samoa Rugby Union's administration and lack of financial transparency.
The boycott was averted when the International Rugby Board and International Rugby Players' Association agreed to intercede between the players and Samoan officials.