FLE - In this Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Australia's head coach Michael Cheika watches his players warm-up before the rugby union international between England and Australia at Twickenham in London. Rugby Australia has confirmed Cheika will lead Australia

Michael Cheika to stay as Wallabies coach through World Cup

Rugby Australia has confirmed Michael Cheika will lead Australia to next year's World Cup but from now on will work under the supervision of Scott Johnson, who takes a new role as Australia's director of rugby.

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Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year winner Black Ferns Kendra Cocksedge.2018 NZ Rugby Awards.

Cocksedge makes history as 1st woman named Player of Year

Black Ferns scrumhalf Kendra Cocksedge has made history as the first woman to be named New Zealand Rugby Player of the Year.

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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 file photo, New Zealand rugby coach Steve Hansen walks on the field before the rugby union international match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham stadium in London. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will step

Search begins for next All Blacks coach

The most sought-after coaching position in world rugby became available Friday when All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen announced he will step down after the 2019 World Cup.

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Samoaía head coach Sir Gordon Tietjens, Day 1, World Rugby Sevens series, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Saturday, 28 January, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz

Tietjens impressed by Samoa 7s newcomers

Manu Samoa 7s coach Sir Gordon Tietjens is pleased with the performance of his side through the first two rounds of the World Rugby Sevens Series. Samoa finished 9th in Dubai and 10th in Cape Town, leaving them 10th in the overall standings of the ten-round competition.

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Samoa 10th at Cape Town Sevens

Samoa 7s played in the Challenge final yesterday/this morning for the second World Rugby Sevens Series event in a row. However after last week’s 9th place finish in Dubai, Samoa finished 10th overall having lost their final 14-38 to Argentina.

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Fiji wins Cape Town Rugby Sevens as US falls in final again

Fiji capitalized on mistake after mistake by the United States to win the Cape Town World Rugby Sevens 29-15 on Sunday, sending the Americans to a second straight defeat in a final at the start of the season.

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Points difference costs Samoa 7s Cup quarterfinal in Cape Town

For the second week in a row, Samoa were unlucky to finish third in their World Rugby Sevens Series pool. Once again they ended Day One on seven points, equal with the first and second teams in their pool.

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Benjamin Pinkleman of the United States tries to stop New Zealand's Ng Shiu during the final match of the Emirates Airline Rugby Sevens in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Drama as NZ scrapes into quarters at Cape Town Sevens

New Zealand scored in the left corner more than a minute after the fulltime hooter to beat host South Africa 26-21 Saturday and scrape through to the quarterfinals at the Cape Town World Rugby Sevens.

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Barbarians's Lood de Jager runs onto score a try during the international Rugby Union match between Argentina and the Barbarian's at Twickenham stadium in London.

Barbarians beat Argentina on late dropped goal at Twickenham

A last-minute dropped goal by Elton Jantjies lifted the Barbarians past Argentina 38-35 in a rugby thriller at Twickenham on Saturday.

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Samoa celebrates the Challenge Trophy win over France on day two of the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens 2018 on 31 November, 2018. Photo credit: World Rugby / www.photosport.nz

Samoa finish 9th at Dubai Sevens

After five wins from six games at the first round of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai, the Manu Samoa 7s could be forgiven for wondering how they ended up just 9th overall. 

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New Zealand's players celebrate after they beat the U.S. in the final match of the Emirates Airline Rugby Sevens in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

NZ win Dubai Sevens beating US in final 21-5

New Zealand won the Dubai Sevens rugby title a record-tying sixth time after beating first-time finalist the United States 21-5 on Saturday.

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South Africa celebrating the win against New Zealand during the final of the IRB World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series 2018, 2 December 2017.

SA lose but reach Dubai 7s quarters; NZ win women's title

Defending champion South Africa lost to Argentina 17-12 in a thriller and still progressed to the Dubai Sevens rugby quarterfinals on Friday.

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Samoa U20 kneel together at the 2018 World Rugby Trophy final in Romania. Photo: World Rugby, from 2018 Trophy.

Samoa U20s ready to face Tonga for World Rugby Trophy place

The Samoa U20s rugby team are well into their preparations for the regional qualifier against Tonga on the 4th and 8th of December at Marist St Joseph’s Stadium.

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Kevon Williams of the USA during an attempted tackle, stretches the jersey of Samoa's Elisapeta Alofipo.

Dubai first step to Olympic sevens qualifying

With the first round of the 2018-19 World Rugby Sevens Series beginning on Friday night Samoan time in Dubai, the Manu Samoa 7s are entering a new era. That’s the view of Samoa Rugby Union general manager of high performance Zane Hilton.

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Manu Samoa sing the national anthem ahead of their game against Georgia. Photo: Georgian Rugby Facebook.

Northern Tour a step towards World Cup for Manu Samoa

Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) General Manager of High Performance Zane Hilton was brought in nine months ago to get Manu Samoa to the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year.

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Manu Sina players say their goodbyes as they depart Fiji after the Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship Photo: Manusina Rugby Facebook.

Manu Sina learns from Oceania Championship for next year

Manu Sina coach Ramsey Tomokino left Samoa to return to New Zealand today having reviewed his team’s performance at the Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship with the Samoa Rugby Union.

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Ireland's Garry Ringrose is stopped in his tracks as he attacks during the rugby union international between Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

All Blacks coaches confident 1 year out from World Cup

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has offered a sunny assessment of where his squad stands less than a year out from a Rugby World Cup in Japan, where the All Blacks will be trying to win the Webb Ellis Trophy for the third straight time.

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Ireland's Luke McGrath, left, celebrates with Ireland's Keith Earls after the rugby union international between Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks.

Where major rugby teams stand after the November series

In the last showdown between the major rugby teams of the northern and southern hemispheres before the Rugby World Cup, the north came out on top 7-5 in wins this month.

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The Irish Rugby Union Federation announced Monday Nov. 26, 2018, that Joe Schmidt will leave as Ireland coach after next year's Rugby World Cup and will be replaced by Andy Farrell.(AP Photo/Michel Euler, FILE)

Schmidt to quit Ireland, retire from coaching after 2019 RWC

Joe Schmidt will leave as Ireland coach after next year's Rugby World Cup, and seemingly ruled out taking charge of his native New Zealand in the future by saying he was ending his coaching career to focus on his family.

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Ireland's Tadhg Beirne wins a line out against the USA during their Rugby Union International at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, Nov 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Sexton named World Rugby Player of the Year in Irish sweep

Ireland flyhalf Johnny Sexton was named World Rugby Player of the Year at a glittering ceremony in Monaco on Sunday, leading a sweep of the major awards by an Ireland team which has swept all before it this season.

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Boxing

Lupesoliai Parker floors Flores

Lupesoliai Joseph Parker went two years without a knockout win, but when it came against Alexander Flores in Christchurch this morning, it was worth the wait. Lupesoliai knocked Flores out with 2:51 gone in round three, with a brutal seven punch combo completing a well-crafted performance.

NFL

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jordan Mailata, of Australia, heads off the field after an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team's training facility in Philadelphia. Mailata has made the cut for the Super Bowl

Too big for rugby, Eagles tackle Mailata is ready for NFL

He can laugh about it now, the concept of being "too big" that led him on this extraordinary journey to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Football

Sina Sataraka.

15-year-old Sataraka the centre of attention in 5-all draw

Samoa’s wild 5-all draw in their second game of the OFC Nations Cup against Tahiti had a bit of everything. Perhaps lucky to escape a red card for lashing out in retaliation, 15-year-old striker Sina Sataraka ended up with a hattrick.

Basketball

Teams playing at the Apia Park Gym within the Teuila Festival (Photo Anina Kazaz).

Basketball tournament kicks off

The Samoa Basketball Federation started its four-day tournament at Apia Park gym earlier this week. The various categories competing in the tournament include open women and men, Under 17 and 14 boys, girls’ teams from Upolu, Savaii and an open men’s team from American Samoa. 

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