The Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) has got a plan up their sleeves to improve the current rankings of the Manu Samoa 15s side in the International Rugby Board (I.R.B.) world ranking. But first, it’s trying to qualify for the 2019 World Cup to be held in Japan from September 20 – November 2
Former World Rugby Player of the Year and England Sevens rugby legend Ben Gollings has touched down in Samoa. The former World Rugby Sevens top points scorer is in the country for the Samoa Independence International Sevens Tournament as an Ambassador.
Australia test prop and Queensland Reds captain James Slipper has been suspended for two months for twice testing positive for cocaine. Rugby Australia said in a statement Thursday that Slipper returned the positive tests from urine samples taken between February and May.
Players who were allies during the week will become adversaries again when the Christchurch-based Crusaders and Wellington-based Hurricanes contest first place in Super Rugby in a 15th-round match on Friday.
Recently appointed High Performance general Manager at the Samoa Rugby Union, Zane Hilton, has been brought in to fulfill a role by World Rugby and S.R.U. to assist the quality of the game in Samoa and in the international level.
Scotland captain John Barclay will not play rugby until at least the end of the year after surgery on a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Barclay was hurt on Friday while playing for Scarlets, just minutes into the Pro14 semifinals.
Lock Sam Whitelock will captain the All Blacks in the three-test series against France next month in the absence of Keiran Read who is recovering from back surgery.
The long drought for Australian teams against those from New Zealand in Super Rugby was ended emphatically on Saturday. The last-place Sunwolves won back-to-back games for the first time ever. And the Lions returned to winning ways to revive their stuttering title challenge.
Winger Ben Lam scored his 13th and 14th tries to close on the season record of 15 as the Hurricanes beat the Queensland Reds 38-34 in Super Rugby on Friday.
The Lions will attempt to end a three-match losing streak when they host the Brumbies during a crucial round of matches this weekend in Super Rugby's South African conference.
Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga will continue as head coach of the Auckland-based Blues for another year despite his team winning only three of its first 11 matches in Super Rugby this season.
Manu Samoa’s path on its quest to qualify for the Rugby World Cup next year in Japan has become a bit clearer. For instance, we know now that Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua’s team will kick off their campaign at Apia Park on Saturday, 30 June 2018. The opponent will either be Portugal or Germany. This was confirmed by World Rugby in a statement.
The Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) is open to the idea of having a combined Pacific Islands rugby team enter Super Rugby. This is the response by the S.R.U. Media Officer, Junior Si’itia, to questions from the Samoa Observer, regarding a “secret plan” exposed yesterday about the creation of a combined team, the Pacific Force, to enter Super Rugby in two years time.
A secret plan to create a combined Pacific Islands rugby team with players from Samoa, Fiji and Tonga has been revealed. According to a report on Newshub, the plan involves the creation of the team, to be called the Pacific Force, with the New Zealand Government funding an NZ$80,000 feasibility study. The following is what was reported by Newshub today:
All Blacks prop Joe Moody has been banned for two matches for striking Wallabies center Kurtley Beale during Saturday's Super Rugby match between the Christchurch-based Crusaders and New South Wales Waratahs.
Commonwealth Games boxing sliver medalist Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali is taking boxing back to the grassroots level. In partnership with Marist Boxing, they have visited two rural villages in Siumu and Falese’ela, Lefaga to promote the sport of amateur boxing in those areas.
The Cleveland Browns' long search for a franchise quarterback has led them to Baker Mayfield — the first of four passers to be drafted in the top 10 Thursday night.
FIFA has finally and fully approved video review to help referees at the World Cup.
Former NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles early Wednesday.
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