The decision by two young Samoan men based in New Zealand to choose to play for Samoa is turning heads all over the world. Jeriah Mua is among two players who had been asked to play for New Zealand at this weekend’s World School Sevens tournament but have opted to play for Samoa instead.
All Blacks captain Kieran Read will undergo surgery to repair a prolapsed lumbar disc in his back and will make a delayed return to rugby in the 2018 season.
Wales No. 8 Taulupe Faletau will likely miss the Six Nations after tearing a ligament in his left knee. Faletau was hurt while playing for Bath in a Champions Cup match on Saturday, when he was cleared out of a ruck by Toulon's Mathieu Bastareaud.
Raelene Castle will take over as chief executive officer at Rugby Australia next month, becoming the first woman to lead one of the major national unions in world rugby.
Former Manu Samoa coach, Namulauulu Alama Ieremia, has a new role. He will guide the Auckland Rugby Union’s Mitre 10 Cup team for the next three years. In a statement, Namulauulu says he is primed to take the reins at Auckland.
While rugby in Samoa and Pacific countries struggle with finances and management issues, the big boys of the sport are facing a different challenge. England, for instance, is reported to have already committed unprecedented financial support in their efforts to win the 2019 World Cup, with the ultimate goal of stopping the All Blacks from claiming the Webb Ellis trophy for the third consecutive time.
The Manu Samoa Sevens team in Vanuatu is celebrating sweet success. It follows a remarkable 14-7 victory over Fiji in the Cup final at the Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
Samoa’s domestic rugby season has ended prematurely, the Samoa Rugby Union announced yesterday. It follows the cancellation of the Bluesky National 10s tournament last weekend due to bad weather.
Ma'a Nonu is reportedly interested in playing for the Manu Samoa at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Although Samoa has yet to secure a spot in the tournament, the Daily Mail reports that Nonu and former All Blacks teammate Victor Vito have signalled interest in playing for Samoa under the proposed changes.
Former Manu Samoa Sevens player, Orene Aii, has hit out at calls that former All Black players should switch to rugby league if they want to represent Samoa, Tonga or Fiji.
Sir Gordon Tietjens and the Manu Samoa Sevens have touched down in in Cape Town for the second leg of the 2017/18 circuit. Samoa is in Pool D with Canada, Wales and Fiji this weekend. Samoa finished sixth in Dubai last weekend, after losing the plate final to Australia.
The Springboks came back. Allister Coetzee wants to as well. Except, the South Africans ended up losing to Wales 24-22 in their rugby tour closer on Saturday.
The Manu Samoa Sevens has ticked the box having achieved their goal on the first leg of the HSBC Sevens in Dubai. They have made the quarterfinals despite suffering an early loss to New Zealand in their first game.
Promising but not good enough. That’s the verdict after the Manu Samoa Sevens blew a 12-5 lead at half time to sink to New Zealand in their opening game of the Dubai Sevens tonight.
It’s that exciting time of the year again for fans of the abbreviated code of rugby. The H.S.B.C World Sevens tournament kicks off tonight in Dubai. Manu Samoa 7s is in a tough pool against the likes of New Zealand, United States of America and Pumas from Argentina in Pool D.
An online fundraiser by the Pacific Rugby Players Welfare (P.R.P.W.) for Manu Samoa players has raised more than £10,000 (T$34,500). The amount was confirmed in an update from former Manu Samoa captain and the man driving P.R.P.W., Daniel Leo.
Prop Sekope Kepu will miss two Super Rugby matches next season for New South Wales after he was suspended for three weeks for a shoulder charge during the Wallabies' test loss to Scotland last weekend.
Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury accepted a backdated two-year doping ban on Tuesday, freeing him to fight again if he regains his boxing license.
President Donald Trump is putting pro football players on notice for Week 4 of the NFL season: He won't stand for it if they kneel in protest during the national anthem.
The Samoa Women’s Futsal team returned with a Bronze Medal from the Oceania Football Confederation O.F.C. Youth Futsal tournament held in Auckland, New Zealand, last week. Samoa both competed in the Men’s and Women’s divisions of the O.F.C. Futsal tournament.
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