Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i.

World Cup qualification top priority for Samoa Rugby Union

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

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TALOFA LAVA: Former World Rugby Player of the Year and England Sevens rugby legend Ben Gollings has touched down in Samoa.

Welcome to Samoa, Ben Gollings!

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.

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Wallabies James Slipper breaks away. Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup, All Blacks v Australia, Eden Park Auckland, Saturday 15th August 2015.

Wallaby prop James Slipper banned for positive cocaine test

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.

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Hurricanes' Ardie Savea in action during the Super Rugby match between Hurricanes v Crusaders, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Saturday 10th March 2018. Copyright Photo: Raghavan Venugopal / www.photosport.nz

Crusaders, Hurricanes contest 1st place in Super Rugby

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.

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Samoa’s Under 18 in Japan

After the P.A.L.M. 8 meeting, Prime Minister Tuilaepa and delegation attended the Samoa-Iwaki international sports and cultural exchange programme.

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New man in charge of Samoa Rugby High Performance Unit

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.

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Glasgow Warriors vs Scarlets Scarlets' John Barclay injured

Scotland captain Barclay has op on ruptured Achilles tendon

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.

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England Head Coach Eddie Jones.

England rugby defense coach leaves for club job

One of the key assistants of England rugby coach Eddie Jones has left his job with the national team to take up a role at club level.

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The Samoa U18 team in Japan.

Samoa U18 team star in Japan

The Samoa Under-18 team stole the show during the opening of the 8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (P.A.L.M.) at the Spa Resort Hawaiians, Iwaki, Japan.

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SAMOA'S WORLD CHAMPION: Fiao’o Faamausili.

Samoan world champion

You either win or you learn. This is a saying that summarises Black Ferns Captain, Fiao’o Faamausili’s approach to her rugby career and life in general.

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Sam Whitelock during training.

Sam Whitelock to lead All Blacks against France

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.

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Taqele Naiyaravoro. Waratahs v Highlanders. 2018 Super Rugby round 14. Allianz Stadium, Sydney Saturday 19 May 2018. Photo Clay Cross / photosport.nz

Waratahs end Aussie drought and Lions win in Super Rugby

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.

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Hurricanes Ben Lam runs in a try with Reds Hamish Stewart during the Hurricanes vs Reds Super Rugby match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Friday the 18th of May 2018.

Lam double as Hurricanes beat Reds 38-34 in Super Rugby

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.

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Elton Jantjies of the Lions makes a kick during the Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Lions played at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand, Saturday 12 May 2018. Copyright Image: Joe Allison / www.photosport.nz

Lions aim to regain winning form in Super Rugby

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.

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Tana Umaga reappointed as Blues coach

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.

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10.10.2015. St James Park, Newcastle, England. Rugby World Cup. Samoa versus Scotland. Samoa fullback Tim Nanai-Williams runs with the ball.

Manu Samoa to play Portugal or Germany for Rugby World Cup qualification

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.

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IT HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE: Former Manu Samoa captain, Seilala Mapusua, who was also a member of the last Pacific Island combined team.

“Secret plan” revealed

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.

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GIVING BACK TO COMMUNITY: Vaimauga College female students participating in quick rip.

Promoting quick rip sport in local schools

New Zealand Rugby and Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) representatives visited Vaimauga College, Faatoia yesterday. 

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The plan for the Pacific Force involves players from Samoa.

“Secret plan” for Pacific Islands team revealed

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:

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Joe Moody of the Crusaders try during the Super Rugby match, Crusaders V Waratahs, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 12th May 2018.

Moody banned for 2 games after Super Rugby comeback

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.

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Boxing

Members of the community involved in the project.

‘Against the odds’ changing lives in rural villages

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.

NFL

UCLA's Josh Rosen, right, gestures next to commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Mayfield goes 1st to begin rush to get QBs in NFL draft

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.

Football

FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference after the FIFA Council Meeting, in Bogota.

FIFA finally approves video review to use at World Cup

FIFA has finally and fully approved video review to help referees at the World Cup.

Basketball

Former NBA basketball player Rasual Butler and his wife Leah LaBelle, whose given name is Leah LaBelle Vladowski, arrive at the NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York.

Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler, wife die in Los Angeles crash

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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