Chiefs midfielder Johnny Fa'auli will miss the Super Rugby playoffs after being suspended for a dangerous tackle in a match Saturday against the Wellington-based Hurricanes in the last round of the regular season.
The Sharks clinched the last quarterfinal place in Super Rugby after beating the Jaguares 20-10 on Saturday, setting up an unenviable trip to the eight-time champion Crusaders of New Zealand in the playoffs.
Samoa qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after beating Germany 42-28 for a second time in their playoff on today. Samoa won the first leg 66-15 in Apia two weeks ago, making qualification on aggregate virtually inevitable.
The Chiefs beat the Hurricanes 28-24 in the last regular-season round of Super Rugby on Friday though a second-half rally ensured the Hurricanes will have home advantage when the teams meet again in the quarterfinals next weekend.
Taula Eels flyhalf Patrick Fa’apale will start at number 10 for the Manu Samoa’s second Rugby World Cup qualifying game against Germany on Sunday morning (Samoan time). He is among three changes the Manu Samoa head coach Fuimaono T. Tafua has made to his side that beat the Germans on Samoan soil a week ago.
Manu Samoa forwards Josh Tyrell and Piula Faʻasalele are in doubt for this Sunday’s (Samoan time) Rugby World Cup qualifier against Germany. Doncaster Knights lock Tyrell and Toulouse flanker Faʻasalele both started in the 66-15 first leg victory in Apia.
Manu Samoa Sevens Coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens, has named his side for the upcoming Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco on the 20-22 July. The team was announced yesterday.
The fourth New Zealander to become Wales rugby coach says he's been immersed in the principality so long that, "I feel as if I am a Welsh coach."
Organisers of the Super 9 rugby competition and the Rugby Referee Association have come under fire for the non-appearance of referees at yesterday’s under 20’s semifinals.
Argentina's Jaguares qualified for the Super Rugby playoffs for the first time despite the end of their seven-match winning streak on Saturday. The Jaguares lost to the Bulls 43-34 at Loftus Versfeld and missed a chance to overtake the idle Lions for the South African conference lead.
The defending champion Crusaders sealed first place on the Super Rugby table by beating the Highlanders 45-22 on Friday. Tries immediately before and after halftime helped the Christchurch-based Crusaders to their 13th win in 15 matches at the start of the penultimate regular-season round.
Get into rugby mini festival ended with the Upolu finale at Marist Brothers Primary School, Mulivai field on Wednesday. Sixteen different primary schools from Faleata and Vaimauga districts competed against each other in tag rugby.
With more time and exposure, Samoa can expect to see a winning Sevens team in a couple of years. A few weeks away from the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco, Manu Samoa Sevens coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens, remains optimistic about his young team.
Germany’s loss to the Manu Samoa team was an eye opener. Those were the words of German vice-captain, Sean Armstrong, after they were hammered 66-15 by Manu Samoa last Saturday at Apia Park.
Two of the world's top rugby players both expressed concerns Monday about the way in which the contest for possession in the air is being refereed
Manu Samoa is one game away from cementing a Rugby World Cup finals berth. But they must ensure Germany does not beat them by more than 49 points when they meet again in the second leg in Heidelberg, Germany on July 14. That fact was not lost on the Manu Samoa coach Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua when he and captain Chris Vui fronted up at the post-match press conference last Saturday.
Germany’s head coaches Kobus Potgieter and Coach Pablo Lemoine have expressed disappointment with their loss to Manu Samoa. The team was given a 66-15 hiding by the Samoan national team in a World Cup qualifier match at Apia Park. Speaking to the media in a post-match press conference, Lemoine said there was a need for the team to do better on the field.
The Jaguares played so badly for Pumas coach Daniel Hourcade that he resigned this month. As Pumas, they lost all three home tests, abysmally. But back under Mario Ledesma's care in Super Rugby, the Jaguares were on Saturday everything they weren't as Pumas: Composed, smart, and lethal.
The Manu Samoa is back. In front of their home crowd at Apia Park yesterday, the men in blue showcased passion and next level ball skills to beat a strong German side 66-15 at full time. An emotional Head Coach, Titimaea Tafua spoke to the Sunday Samoan that his team had to win this game, not only for a spot in next year’s World Cup in Japan, but for the people of Samoa.
Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said Thursday he is prepared for an action-packed fight against aggressive Argentinian Lucas Matthysse in Sunday's world title bout that could put his illustrious career at stake.
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.
It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy.
Basketball's international governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines after a wild brawl that included Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker broke out in their Basketball World Cup qualifying game Monday.
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