Defending champion South Africa lost to Argentina 17-12 in a thriller and still progressed to the Dubai Sevens rugby quarterfinals on Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Defending champion New Zealand will conclude its preparation for the 2019 Rugby World Cup with a one-off test against Tonga in Hamilton on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Fiji toppled France for the first time in a rugby international by 21-14 at the Stade de France on Saturday. France came from behind to lead 14-12 at halftime, then drew a blank in the second half as Fiji flyhalf Ben Volavola kicked three penalties.
The All Blacks took out their frustration from losing to Ireland by thumping Italy 66-3 at Stadio Olimpico on Saturday. New Zealand scored 10 tries against Italy for the first time, and ensured the home side never looked like scoring one of its own in a game full of pace and skills.
Manu Samoa ended their 2018 season on a high with a 28-10 win over Spain in Madrid this morning. It took the full first half for Samoa to break a committed Spain defence. The 20th ranked side in World Rugby got enough territory to kick a 14th minute territory and lead 3-0. But from there it was basically one-way action, with the Spanish defence camping out deep in their half.
Today’s Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship title decider between Samoa and hosts Fiji will be the biggest game of rugby in most of the Manu Sina players’ careers to date. Both teams come into the game unbeaten, and Samoa coach Ramsey Tomokino said Fiji are a good side. “They’ve been together longer, so they’re more used to the conditions as well.”
Only center Garry Ringrose has kept his run-on jersey in the Ireland side meeting the United States in a rugby international on Saturday at Lansdowne Road.
England co-captain Dylan Hartley is in the reserves and Australia dumped Kurtley Beale for their rugby international at Twickenham on Saturday.
Dillian Whyte stopped Dereck Chisora in the 11th round of an all-British heavyweight bout at the 02 Arena on Saturday to make a claim to be Anthony Joshua's next challenger.
He can laugh about it now, the concept of being "too big" that led him on this extraordinary journey to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is keeping a close eye on Gabriel Jesus now the young striker's family are no longer with him in England.
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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