Lynetta Laumea-Edward, Peniata Soul Maiava and Semisi Fatutoa Semisi and Laauli Soata Utai.

Young Samoans live their dreams

Two young Samoans are heading to Russia to rub shoulders with football royalty in the trip of a lifetime. Peniata Soul Maiava and Semisi Fatutoa Semisi’s dream to watch the F.I.F.A. World Cup has been turned into a reality thanks to the Gazprom International Children’s social programme, Football for Friendship (F.4.F.) 2018. The Samoan duo leave tomorrow morning for Moscow ahead of the 2018 F.I.F.A. World Cup.

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Billy Slater of QLD attacks during the State of Origin rugby league, game 3 decider, Queensland v New South Wales, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia. 12 July 2017.

Slater out of Origin opener in another setback for Maroons

Veteran fullback Billy Slater has been ruled out of the Queensland lineup in another setback for the team that has dominated the annual State of Origin series for the last decade.

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TRIBUNAL HAS DECIDED: Acting President of the Samoa Amateur Boxing Association (S.A.B.A.), Papali’i Pasi Poloa.

President welcomes clarity on Constitutional confusion

The Acting President of the Samoa Amateur Boxing Association (S.A.B.A.), Papali’i Pasi Poloa, has welcomed the decision by the Samoa Sports Dispute Tribunal in relation to the future development of the sport.

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A chat with a legend

Given the opportunity, Sevens Rugby icon and all-time leading points scorer in the H.S.B.C world rugby sevens, Ben Gollings, would love to coach a Pacific Island team.

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Veteran lock Joe Tekori.

Tekori back in Manu Samoa for PNC and Rugby World Cup qualifiers

Veteran lock Joe Tekori is back in blue. He is among the squad announced by Manu Samoa’s head coach Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua and his management for the upcoming Pacific Nations Cup in Fiji and Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifying games.

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 A VALUABLE INVESTMENT: A tennis tournament carried out with help of the Australian Open Pacific Pathway and Business System Limited in supporting the development of Tennis in Samoa.

Six schools vie for B.S.L. Championship

A tennis tournament sponsored by Business Systems Limited is underway. The inter-school competition is the result of a school tennis programme sponsored by Australian Tennis and Oceania programme called A.O.P.P.

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AN INVALUABLE DONATION: Fiao’o Fa’amausili and Faimalo Mathew Lemisio with the World Cup mementoes presented to Marist.

World Cup winning captain leaves her mark at Marist

Captain of the world conquering New Zealand Women’s Black Ferns rugby team, Fiao’o Fa’amausili, has left her mark at Marist Lotopa.

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PROMOTING BADMINTON: Team Samoa Badminton Federation developing opportunities for future Badminton stars.

Developing badminton in Samoa

The Samoa Badminton Federation hosted the one-day Junior Tournament for 10-17 age groups at the Robert Louis Secondary School last week Saturday. 

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READY FOR NATIONS CUP: Samoa Tennis team will compete amongst the best in the Pacific and prelude to what we will expect from tennis for the Pacific Games in 2019.

Samoa tennis sends team to Fiji Open and Pacific Nations Cup

Samoa Tennis Incorporated will be sending a team of 10 players to compete in the Fiji Tennis Open in Denarau, Nadi, Fiji from 23 to 27 May 2018. The team comprises Steffi Carruthers, Eleanor Schuster, Leon Soonalole and Vitikaras Taufao, who will be competing in the Open Men’s and Ladies senior category. 

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Michael Wehi Mailetonga Walsh, Deputy High Commissioner of New Zealand in the middle and the Quick rip team with students from the LDS Chuch College Pesega at the programme yesterday.

Rugby legends promote healthy living

Promoting the right diet is no longer an individual concern. Through the quick rip sport, New Zealand rugby legends have taken the initiative to address non-communicable diseases starting from the grassroots level. 

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IN THE NAME OF HEALTH: Joel Khalu, Chief Executive Officer Australian Indigenous Basketball for Hoops for Health during his workshop with teachers at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the village of Lauli’i.

‘Hoops for health’ in Samoa

About 30 participants attended the three-day health and teaching workshop, Hoops for Health that started on Tuesday.

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Afega Primary Schools Year Four playing rugby

Unearthing, nurturing future champions

The Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) has started a development programme called Get into Rugby (G.I.R.) that targets primary schools around the Vaimauga and Faleata District. 

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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2013, file photo, Australia's captain Cameron Smith, bottom center, celebrates with teammates after their 34-2 win over New Zealand in their World Cup Final International Rugby League match at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, En

Maroons star Cameron Smith quits weeks before Origin opener

Cameron Smith has retired from representative rugby league, finishing a career that included 11 wins in the last 12 State of Origin series for Queensland and leading Australia to two World Cup titles.

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Touch rugby family celebrates Mother’s Day at Opens finals

The Samoa Touch Rugby Inc. (STRI) hosted its finals for the Touch the Crown Opens Tournament, sponsored by Taula Beverage Company last Saturday at the St Joseph’s College grounds at Alafua.

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FUTURE SOCCER STARS: Players and parents running in the rain.

Rain fails to dampen soccer excitement

Despite the soggy weather yesterday, excited children and parents turned up for a friendly soccer match at the JS Blatter Football Complex, Tuana’imato. The students were from Robert Louis Stevenson Primary School, Vaiala Beach School and Peace Chapel.

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ALL READY FOR THE OCEANIA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: The Samoa Football Team is all set for the upcoming games.

Samoa gears up for Oceania Football Confederation

The Samoa National Under-19 Men’s Football Team is ready for the Oceania Football Confederation Preliminary Championship 2018. The event to be held at the Cook Islands starts on 26 May and ends on 01 June.

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KEEPING IT REAL: The locals learning Kung Fu Wushu in Samoa.

New sport takes shape in Samoa

The three-day Kung Fu Wushu clinic concluded on Tuesday at the Plantation Boxing Gym in Sinamoga.

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Free help offered to lift performance

Seventy-six-year-old Tole'afoa Segiali'i Tony Heems is willing to help the Manu Samoa Sevens team. For free.

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Pesega Girls Team

Football helps students to develop and bond

Private schools in Samoa took part in the inter-school’s soccer tournament held at JS Blatter Football Complex, Tuana’imato yesterday. The participating schools were Vaiala Beach School, Robert Louis Stevenson Primary School, Peace Chapel Primary School and Pesega Middle School.

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Winners of the Open Mix: Tau Taula Strong.

Samoa Tag growing in support

The Samoa Tag held their third one-day tournament this year at Marist Mulivai over the weekend. This tournament saw an emphasis on engaging the business community who put forth eight teams. 

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Rugby

Australia's Michael Hooper, left, and David Pocock chat each other before their captain's run training session in Sydney, Friday, June 22, 2018, ahead of their rugby union test match against Ireland. Australia will play Ireland in Sydney on Saturday. (AP

Wallaby captain Michael Hooper to miss 4 weeks for Waratahs

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper is expected to miss four weeks with a hamstring injury sustained during Australia's third-test loss to Ireland on Saturday.

Boxing

From left, International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductees Ronald Wright, Steve Albert, Vitali Klitschko, Jim Gray, and Erik Morales present their Hall of Fame rings to the crowd gathered in Canastota, New York on Sunday, June 10, 2018. (John Br

Vitali Klitschko honors brother in his Hall of Fame moment

Vitali Klitschko had a difficult time grasping the moment."It's not reality. It's dream," Klitschko said Sunday during his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. "I never expected I will be in (the Hall of Fame).

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

Australia forward Tim Cahill, center, runs during Australia's official training for the group C match between France and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

Needing goals, Australia could call upon veteran Cahill

Needing a win and plenty of goals to stay in contention at the World Cup, Australia could finally call upon veteran Tim Cahill. The 38-year-old striker has a chance to make his debut in Russia on Tuesday when Australia plays Peru.

Basketball

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry shouts as he carries the Larry O'Brien trophy during the team's NBA championship parade, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Oakland again celebrates NBA champion Warriors

For the second straight year, throngs of Golden State Warriors fans turned out for a victory parade to celebrate a team some are calling an NBA dynasty and got a treat when several players got off their buses to mingle with the crowd.

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