The Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U) kicked off their new Super Nine Rugby Championship last Saturday at Apia Park. The Championship replaces the old National Provincial Championship (NPC).
The Lions and Crusaders will host the Super Rugby semifinals, and the Hurricanes and Chiefs will attempt to upset the tournament's top two seeds.
In a year which had produced little but ongoing disappointment by Manu Samoa for Samoan rugby fans, Samoa’s Commonwealth Youth team has restored some hope and plenty of pride at the 2017 Games.
Hooker Dane Coles had a critical hand in a match of comebacks, helping defending champions the Hurricanes beat the ACT Brumbies 35-16 in the first Super Rugby quarterfinal on Friday.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is confident center Sonny Bill Williams will have completed a four-match suspension in time to play in the first Bledisloe Cup test against Australia next month.
Quade Cooper has been omitted from Australia's 38-man training squad for the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup, raising questions about the future test prospects of the flashy but often unpredictable playmaker.
Christian Leali'ifano has been selected on the reserves bench for the Brumbies in the Super Rugby playoffs, less than a year after being diagnosed with leukemia.
The Lions snatched top spot in the Super Rugby standings in the last game of the regular season on Saturday, beating the Sharks and taking advantage of the Crusaders' first loss of the season to jump ahead of them and earn the top seeding for the playoffs.
Scrumhalf Henry Seniloli scored a hattrick of tries as Fiji beat Samoa 38-16 in the final match of the Pacific Nations Cup Saturday to propel Tonga into the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Center Jale Vatubua and replacement Api Ratuniyawara also scored tries as Fiji ran away from Samoa after trailing 16-14 at halftime.
The Highlanders took their place among Super Rugby's quarterfinalists by beating the Queensland Reds 40-17 in the final round of the regular season on Friday.
The Webb Ellis Cup was the main feature at the Captains Photo Shoot with Manu Samoa Captain David Lemi and Flying Fijians Captain Akapusi Qera at the Taumeasina Island Resort.
As many as a dozen All Blacks who played in last weekend's third test against the British and Irish Lions will line up for either the Crusaders or Hurricanes on Saturday in a crucial New Zealand derby in the last round of the Super Rugby regular season.
Manu Samoa Head Coach, Namulauulu Alama Ieremia has named his team for the final match of the June/July test window. This doubles up as the Oceania Rugby World Cup qualifier over 2016/17 results and the 2017 Pacific Nations Cup.
His Highness the Head of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi greeted the Flying Fijians team management at his home, Tuaefu with the warmest of welcomes. “Well we are keen to welcome you to my home as family,” His Highness told the visiting coach and team members yesterday morning.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. reached into a backpack and held out a $100 million check for the crowd of 11,000 fight fans to see.
Brisbane Broncos halfback Ben Hunt and Melbourne Storm playmaker Cameron Munster have been called in to the Queensland squad to replace injured stars Johnathan Thurston and Darius Boyd for next week's series-deciding State of Origin match against New South Wales.
Wayne Rooney rejoined boyhood club Everton on Sunday after 13 years at Manchester United, leaving English soccer's biggest club as its record scorer having won every major trophy.
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
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