Lions' Rory Best receives a hongi after the match.

Rory Best to captain Lions against Hurricanes

Ireland hooker Rory Best will captain the British and Irish Lions in their final midweek match on Tuesday against Super Rugby champions the Hurricanes.

27 Hits

All Blacks winger Rieko Ioane scores a try during the first test between the British and Irish Lions and the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand.

New Zealand beats British and Irish Lions 30-15 in 1st test

Winger Rieko Ioane scored two tries in his first test start as New Zealand quelled a spirited performance from the British and Irish Lions to win the first test 30-15 Saturday and take a 1-0 lead in the three-test series.

135 Hits

Ben Volavola.

Fiji beats Scotland 27-22 for first time in 19 years

Fiji beat Scotland for the first time in 19 years by 27-22 in a thrilling rugby test at the National Stadium on Saturday. Flyhalf Ben Volavola kicked over 17 points, from five penalties and converting one of Fiji's two tries as the home side led throughout to hold out Scotland, which was coming off a win over Australia last weekend.

257 Hits

South Africa's captain Eben Etzebeth‚ center, celebrates with teammates after scoring a try during the international rugby union test match between South Africa and France, at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg.

Springboks back: Clinch 3-0 series whitewash over France

South Africa clinched a 3-0 series whitewash over France with a 35-12 win in the final test on Saturday, giving the Springboks a base to work off after the debacle of last season.

60 Hits

The Llanelli Warriors look fearless before facing the tough Samoan club.

Rugby has no limits

Welsh mixed ability team are embraced by incredible Samoan hospitality 


327 Hits

Samoan acapella group sing Welsh anthem beautifully.

Welsh praise Samoan singers

Four Samoan men sang the Welsh national anthem better than you could ever have imagined

7900 Hits

In this Oct. 18, 2014 file photo, Australia's Christian Lealiifano, center, runs away from New Zealand's Richie McCaw, left, during the Bledisloe cup rugby match against New Zealand in Brisbane, Australia.

Leali'ifano back on pitch less than year from leukemia fight

Christian Leali'ifano could make a return to Super Rugby in time for the ACT Brumbies' playoff campaign, less than a year after being diagnosed with leukemia.

208 Hits

TRY TIME: Hooker Maatulimanu Leiataua scores the second of Manu Samoa’s tries against Wales at Apia Park last night.

Wales create history at Apia Park

Two points the difference. Yes it was slightly better but still not good enough with the Manu Samoa losing to Wales, 19-17, at Apia Park last night. And with the critical World Cup qualifying match coming up against Tonga, Samoa will have to get their act together quickly. 

754 Hits

GOING DOWN: Alafoti Faosiliva attempts a tackle against Wales.

Wales prevail over Manu Samoa

Manu Samoa has been beaten by Wales at Apia Park, 19-17 tonight. Two tries from Alapati Leiua and Manu Leiataua failed to spark the home team in a tough test match in front of a vocal Apia Park crowd. Instead a brace of tries to wing Welsh wing Steffan Evans helped Wales secure the win. 

639 Hits

READY AND RARING: Shaun Edwards and Captain Jamie Roberts at Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel talking up their chances.

Wales chase Samoa history

Wales are raring and ready to go ahead of tonight’s clash at Apia Park. Captain Jamie Roberts told the Samoa Observer his men are as prepared as they can be and now it’s just a matter of getting out there and giving it their best.

280 Hits

Japan's Ryuji Noguchi dives for a try while being tackled by Ireland's Keith Earls in a test in Shizuoka, southwest of Tokyo, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Ireland makes 6 changes for test against Japan

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt made six changes to his starting lineup to face Japan in Saturday's rugby test, the final of the visitor's three-match summer tour.

47 Hits

Auckland Blues winger Rieko Ioane scores a try against the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park in Auckland.

Ioane fulfills dream with test start against Lions

Success in international rugby has come quickly to winger Rieko Ioane who will make his first test start for the All Blacks in Saturday's first test against the British and Irish Lions.

537 Hits

Coach refuses to buy into weakened Wales claims

“They’re a team to be highly respected, they’re very fit, young and energetic. Led well by Jamie Roberts who has been around and knows what it’s like at test level. So I obviously have a lot of respect for the Welshmen. And it’s their last test match so they’ll be looking to finish on a high.”

3457 Hits

The British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland, right, and captain Sam Warburton answer questions during a press conference in Auckland.

O'Mahony to captain Lions in 1st test vs. New Zealand

Ireland flanker Peter O'Mahony will captain the British and Irish Lions in the first test against New Zealand on Saturday, assuming the leadership from tour captain Sam Warburton who starts on the bench.

117 Hits

BACK TOGETHER: Former Manu Samoa players embrace the occassion to reunite.

P.M. opens up about running Samoan rugby

“Despite enduring many difficult challenges over the years in my career, I can tell you that almost none have been more challenging or satisfying and frustrating at the time than in my roles as Chairman of Samoa Rugby Union,” - Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

1925 Hits

Wales name their team  to play Manu Samoa.

Wales name their team to play Manu Samoa

Ospreys lock Rory Thornton will make his international debut for Wales in Friday's Test match against Samoa at Apia Park.

605 Hits

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland greets fans ahead of their rugby match against the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.

Lions coach Gatland cagey on test selection after Chiefs win

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland kept his selection cards close to his chest after his midweek combination beat the Hamilton-based Chiefs 34-6 on Tuesday, four days out from the first test against New Zealand.

86 Hits

British & Irish Lions halfback Greig Laidlaw passes the ball during their game against the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand, Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

British Lions beat Chiefs 34-6 in last match before 1st test

The British and Irish Lions achieved the first midweek win of their New Zealand tour, beating the Hamilton-based Chiefs 34-6 on Tuesday to bolster morale four days ahead of the first test against the All Blacks.

115 Hits

Scottish teammates celebrates their win over Australia in their rugby union test match in Sydney, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Cheika posts harsh note on wall, gives Wallabies the message

Michael Cheika is undoubtedly passionate about the game of rugby, which is why the Wallabies' coach decided to pin some "confronting" criticism from a likeminded but disgruntled fan to the wall of the Australian team's dressing room.

295 Hits

Former All Black Sir Colin Meads reaches up to touch the statue of himself with his wife Verna at the unveiling in Te Kuiti, New Zealand, Monday, June 19, 2017.

All Blacks great Colin Meads honored with statue

As a player, All Blacks legend Colin Meads was always larger than life. Now, a statue considerably more than life size, has been erected in his honor in the main street of his home town of Te Kuiti.

119 Hits

Boxing

Deontay Wilder reacts after a WBC heavyweight title boxing match Artur Szpilka, of Poland, in New York.

Boxing champion Wilder charged with marijuana possession

Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor marijuana possession, but his lawyer says the marijuana found in his car did not belong to him.

NFL

Johnathan Thurston tackles Blake FergusonNSW v Qld State of Origin rugby league match at ANZ Stadium, Homebush Sydney Australia.

1st Origin match: Thurston won't play for Queensland vs NSW

Queensland playmaker Johnathan Thurston has been ruled out of next week's State of Origin rugby league opener against New South Wales due to a shoulder injury.

Football

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, is challenged by New Zealand's Michael Boxall during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between New Zealand and Portugal.

Ronaldo scores, Portugal eases past New Zealand 4-0

Cristiano Ronaldo's 75th international goal helped lift Portugal to an easy 4-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday and into the Confederations Cup semifinals.

Basketball

Kelsall hails from the villages of Fagalii, Letogo, and Vailele

Samoan basketball star ready for Oceania

Samoa enters this year’s F.I.B.A. U18 Oceania Championships aiming to improve on a promising performance in the 2014 tournament, and a lot of their fortunes will be placed on the shoulders of Linda Kelsall 

© Samoa Observer 2016

Developed by Samoa Observer in Apia