Daniel Leo presented gear donated from professional players and clubs in Europe to two teams from Savaii playing in the tournament; Taga Blowholes and Gataivai.

P.R.P.W. in the islands to donate gear, film documentary

Pacific Rugby Player’s Welfare (PRPW) chief executive officer and former Manu Samoa Lock Daniel Leo attended the Marist International Sevens Tournament while he was in Samoa filming for a documentary on rugby in the Pacific.

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Match between Talavalu team from American Samoa and Vailele team in the Marist Sevens tournament last weekend.

American Samoans grow at Marist Sevens

The Talavalu club from American Samoa were one of the surprise packages at the Marist International Sevens tournament held last weekend.

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Ma'a Nonu.Blues v Crusaders, Super Rugby, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. 16 February 2019. Copyright Photo: Jeremy Ward / www.photosport.nz

Nonu's Super Rugby return may herald new era

Over the years New Zealand rugby has become accustomed to saying "goodbye" to top players. But "welcome back?" Not so much.

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George Bridge. Blues v Crusaders, Super Rugby, Eden Park, Auckland.

Super Rugby: Crusaders start search for 3 in a row with win

Chasing three titles in a row, the Crusaders benefited from a pair of penalty tries and survived a strong second-half challenge from the Blues to open their Super Rugby season with a 24-22 away win on Saturday.

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CHAMPIONS: The Christchurch Women’s Rugby team are the second winners for the Glen Feaunati Memorial Cup at the Marist International Sevens tournament yesterday.

Christchurch beat Apia to win Marist Sevens

Christchurch Women’s Rugby lifted the Glen Feaunati Memorial Cup as the second ever champions of the Marist International Sevens Tournament after their 19-0 win over Apia Maroons in the final yesterday.

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Super Rugby: Crusaders start search for 3 in a row with win

Chasing three titles in a row, the Crusaders benefited from a pair of penalty tries and survived a strong second-half challenge from the Blues to open their Super Rugby season with a 24-22 away win on Saturday.

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Tabadamu triumph at Marist Sevens

Fijian club Tabadamu won the Marist International Sevens Tournament today, taking the Tupua Fred Wetzell Trophy after a 22 - 10 win over Tama Uli Salelologa in the final. 

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Fijian club Tabadamu have cruised to the semifinals of the Marist International Sevens Tournament.

Apia earn matchup with Tabadamu on the morning of Day Two

Fijian club Tabadamu have cruised to the semifinals of the Marist International Sevens Tournament with a 39-0 win over the darlings of Day One, Lefaga.

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Christchurch rugby team on the field. Photo: Aufa'i Areta Areta

Christchurch dominate as Apia, Taga advance

The local women’s teams at the Marist International Sevens tournament impressed, but it was Christchurch Women’s Rugby who took pole position heading into Day Two.

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Highlanders beat Chiefs 30-27 in Super Rugby opener

All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith came off the bench to score a try with four minutes remaining as the 14-man Highlanders rallied to beat the Chiefs 30-27 Friday in the opening match of the Super Rugby season.

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Lefaga win over Scopa highlights morning at Marist Sevens

Defending champions Auckland Marist Samoa, Vaiala, Tepatasi, Mountfort Brothers and Tama Uli Salelologa all made strong starts on the morning of Day One at the Marist International Sevens Tournament.

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SPONSORSHIP: (from left)SSAB Marketing manager Asomua Asia Stanley, SSAB CEO Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai, Marist Sports club President Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio and Tournament Director Fata Brian Kaio.

SSAB steps up for Marist Sevens

SSAB is again one of the major sponsors of the Vailima Marist International Rugby Sevens Tournament 2019.

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(L-R) Tournament director Fata Brian Kaio, AST SCOPA players Pio Tuwai and Nacanieli Batina, Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club president Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio, SCOPA player Joeli Lutumailagi and SCOPA’s Lilomaiava Filia Iosefa. Photo: Thomas Airey.

Defending Marist champs pass on knowledge

Defending Marist International Sevens Tournament champions Auckland Marist Samoa arrived in the country on Wednesday to win their fourth consecutive title, but also to share their knowledge with the players at St Joseph’s College in Alafua.

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St Joseph’s College rugby players run drills under the watchful eye of Auckland Marist Samoa player Epeli Lotawa (left).

Marist Sevens trip to grow women’s rugby in Northland

Te Tai Tokerau, the first women’s rugby side from Northland, New Zealand to ever travel abroad, will play their first match at the Marist International Sevens Tournament this morning against local champions Apia Maroons.

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Christchurch Women’s Rugby captain Cassie Siataga with the Glen Feaunati Cup.

Christchurch players pushing for national team at Marist

Samoa United of Christchurch, New Zealand have come to the Marist International Sevens Tournament, held today and tomorrow at ACP Stadium in Lotopa, because of the platform and exposure it will provide their players.

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BULA AND TALOFA: Pio Tuwai, Joeli Lutumailagi, and  Nacanieli Batina arrive at Faleolo airport yesterday.

SCOPA flies in Fijian secret weapons

Former Fiji national team sevens players Pio Tuwai and Joeli Lutumailagi, and wider squad member Nacanieli Batina, arrived in Samoa yesterday to link up with the AST SCOPA Rugby Club ahead of the Vailima Marist International Sevens Tournament this Friday and Saturday.

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Auckland Samoa presented jerseys donated by the Counties-Manukau Rugby Union to Leififi College players after their coaching clinic there on Tuesday morning.

Auckland Samoa here to grow women’s rugby

Defending champions Auckland Samoa Women’s Rugby are on the island with a greater purpose than just competing in the Vailima Marist International Sevens Tournament.

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GAME TIME: Auckland Samoa and the Lepea team at the ACP Stadium, Lotopa on Tuesday evening.

Lepea vs Auckland in historic friendly

Auckland Samoa defeated Lepea 27-5 at ACP Stadium, Lotopa on Tuesday evening, in a friendly 15s game between the two women’s rugby sides as a warmup to the Vailima Marist International Sevens Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

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England's Mako Vunipola during a rugby training session in Bagshot.

England prop Mako Vunipola to miss rest of 6 Nations injured

England prop Mako Vunipola will miss the rest of the Six Nations after damaging left ankle ligaments in the thrashing of France last weekend.

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Jordan Taufua of the Crusaders during a captains run training session held at AMI Stadium, Christchurch. 12 February 2015 Photo: Joseph Johnson / www.photosport.co.nz

Interest still high in playing for Manu Samoa

Manu Samoa coach Steve Jackson has a growing list of about 70 players he is keeping tabs on in selecting his final list of 31 for the Rugby World Cup.

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Boxing

Jai Opetaia gives back through boxing clinic

Samoan-Australian champion boxer, Jai Opetaia, gave back to the community by giving a boxing lesson yesterday for the kids at Inga’s Gym, Sinamoga. “Today is about the kids,” he said. “We’re just coming here to have training with the kids and have a laugh and enjoy so it’s actually exciting for them to see what we got for them in the bag.”

NFL

New England Patriots' David Andrews (60) picks up Tom Brady (12) after the Patriots scored a touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Patriots beat Rams 13-3 in lowest scoring Super Bowl ever

Super it wasn't — until the drive that won New England its record-tying sixth Super Bowl.

Football

Kiwi FC leave the field after their 9-1 win over Lotoha’apai United in the Cook Islands.

Kiwi FC back into training having advanced in Champions League

Kiwi FC had their first session back at training yesterday having returned from a successful trip to the Cook Islands for the OFC Champions League qualifying tournament.

Basketball

Phoenix Suns guard Mike James (55) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, in Phoenix.

US basketball player says Milan police racially profiled him

American basketball player Mike James says he was racially profiled by Milan police who pointed guns at him and two friends after being stopped on the street — a claim that police deny.

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