Samoan Rugby League World Cup players enjoy a seafood lunch at the Raw Prawn on the Cairns Esplanade.

Toa Samoa arrives in Cairns to prepare for Scotland

After the disappointing loss to Tonga last weekend, Toa Samoa has quietly snuck into Cairns, Australia, for their next game against Scotland. And The Cairns Post reports that the players immediately headed for “one of Cairns’ most iconic restaurants” after a secret arrival.

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Scotland's Danny Brough passes the ball to a teammate during their Rugby League World Cup game against New Zealand in Christchurch.

New Zealand, Tonga, England win at WCup

New Zealand and Tonga joined Australia in qualifying for the quarterfinals of the Rugby League World Cup on Saturday with one round to spare in the pool stage.

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Cup champions: Moataa. Photos Bluesky.

Moata’a victorious in Bluesky National Sevens tournament

In an effort to amplify support and sponsorship of our beloved Manu Samoa, Bluesky is backing all local Seven aside tournaments. As loyal sponsors of our National Manu Samoa 7s team over the last 4 years, Bluesky continues to explore ways to give back to our loved sport.

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Tonga celebrate a try. Tonga v Samoa, Rugby League World Cup, FMG Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Tonga dash Samoa’s World Cup hopes

Samoa’s hopes of advancing to the playoffs of the Rugby League World Cup suffered a major blow tonight. It did when Tonga handed them a 32-18 loss at the much-anticipated clash of the Pacific teams at Hamilton. 

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Martin Taupau of the Kiwis.

New Zealand trounces Scotland 74-6 at World Cup

New Zealand joined tournament co-hosts Australia in qualifying for the quarterfinals of the Rugby League World Cup with a record 74-6 win over Scotland at Christchurch on Saturday.

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Australian captain Cameron Smith, left, and England's Gareth Widdop compete for the ball during their Rugby League World Cup game in Melbourne.

Australia beats France 52-6 at Rugby League World Cup

Forward Wade Graham, playing in only his second test match, scored four tries Friday to lead the Kangaroos to a 52-6 win over France, the defending champion's second consecutive win at the Rugby League World Cup.

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P.M. Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. Tuilaepa applauds commitment by players

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has applauded the Tongans who returned to their homeland to represent their country at the Rugby League World Cup. He described the move as admirable. 

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 READY FOR BATTLE: Tongan Captain Sika Manu and Toa Samoa captain, Frank Pritchard.

‘Leave war to us’

Toa Samoa and Mate Ma’a are ready for a war of epic proportions when they clash in tonight’s much-anticipated Rugby League World Cup match in Hamilton, New Zealand. But it is a battle of a different kind that has players, officials and the New Zealand Police worried as tensions build ahead of the match.

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Australia's captain Cameron Smith holds the winners trophy aloft as he celebrates with teammates after their 34-2 win over New Zealand in their World Cup Final International Rugby League match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England.

Smith continues record roll for Australian rugby league

Cameron Smith keeps setting records in Australian rugby league, and Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has no intention of interfering with the veteran hooker's streak.

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TOA SAMOA HEAD COACH: Matt Parish

Samoa coach wants better ball control

Toa Samoa has to control the football a lot better this weekend if it wants to compete against Tonga. That’s the message from Head Coach, Matt Parish, who said the team’s capitulation in the second half against the Kiwis last week where they lost, 38-8, is a big lesson.

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Toa Samoa Siva Tau.

Toa Samoa ready for war with Mate Ma’a

Toa Samoa Coach, Matt Parish, has made a change to his team to take on Mate Ma’a Tonga at the Rugby League World Cup clash in Hamilton this Saturday. Ricky Leutele has come into the starting team in place of Peter Mata’utia who has had to withdraw due to a groin injury.

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FLEX THOSE MUSCLES: Johnny Afoa (middle) is on his way to Spain to represent Samoa before he comes home to be a guest poser later this month.

Son of Samoa claims Gold

A son of Samoa and bodybuilder, Johnny Afoa, has won gold for Samoa at the 2017 I.F.B.B. South Pacific Oceania Championships. This was confirmed in a Press release from the Samoa Body Building Association.

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EXPANDING AND PROMOTING SQUASH: The Samoan Squash Association looking to achieve medals in the upcoming Commonwealth Games next year and the South Pacific Games in 2019.

Samoa Squash kicks off October tournament

The Samoa Squash Association kicked off their October monthly tournament last week.

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Marist Saints.

Champions say thank you to their supporters

Marist Saints has dedicated their Rugby League 9s success to all their supporters. The team went through challenges and obstacles throughout their NRL 9s journey but they are grateful for the support.

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West Indies' Cricket player Chris Gayle arrives at the King Street Courts in Sydney, Australia, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017.

Gayle wins defamation case against Australian publisher

West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle has won his defamation case against an Australian media organization which published reports that the player indecently exposed himself to a woman in a team dressing room during the 2015 World Cup.

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Jason Taumalolo showed why he was the most talked about player before the tournament began, forcing his way past several Scottish defenders to score Tonga’s second try and move their lead out to 12-0.

Scotland 4-50 Tonga

Tonga’s opening forty minutes in their 50-4 win over Scotland at Barlow Park in Cairns will leave the Tier-One nations with another foe to fear after they lived up to their hype and delivered a brilliant display to conclude the opening round.

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Ireland captain Liam Finn and Italy captain Mark Minichiello. NRL Photos

Ireland, Lebanon win Sunday matches at Rugby League WCup

Toronto Wolfpack winger Liam Kay scored two early tries to help Ireland build a commanding 20-0 lead on its way to a 36-12 win over Italy at the Rugby League World Cup on Sunday.

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Wales captain Craig Kopczak with Papua New Guinea captain David Mead.

Co-hosts Papua New Guinea, New Zealand win World Cup openers

New Zealand and Papua New Guinea joined co-hosts Australia in making winning starts to the Rugby League World Cup, posting emphatic victories Saturday.

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Josh Papalii and Herman Eseíese celebrate for Samoa.

Toa Captain disappointed, says lots of work to be done

Toa Samoa captain Frank Pritchard was not a happy man. Feeling deflated from a 38-8 loss to the Kiwis, Pritchard said there is a lot of work for Toa Samoa to do ahead of their next World Cup game against Tonga in Hamilton. Toa Samoa came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders. 

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Australia's Billy Slater is tackled by England's Luke Gale during their Rugby League World Cup game in Melbourne.

Australia beats England 18-4 at Rugby League World Cup

Josh Dugan scored an 80-meter try in the closing minutes to clinch an 18-4 win by Australia over England on Friday in the opening match of the Rugby League World Cup.

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Rugby

Manu Samoa Head Coach: Sir Gordon Tietjens.

Manu Samoa contracts 22 Sevens players

Twenty-two players have secured contracts to be part of the Manu Samoa 7s team at the 2017 and 2018 I.R.B. World Sevens Series.

Boxing

Tony Bellew and David Haye look at each other for the media.

Injured Haye pulls out of heavyweight rematch with Bellew

David Haye has pulled out of his all-British heavyweight rematch with Tony Bellew because of injury.

NFL

New Orleans Saints players kneel down before the U.S. anthem was played for an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 1, 2017.

Trump puts NFL players on notice: Stand for national anthem

President Donald Trump is putting pro football players on notice for Week 4 of the NFL season: He won't stand for it if they kneel in protest during the national anthem.

Football

Bronze medal for Samoa in Futsal

The Samoa Women’s Futsal team returned with a Bronze Medal from the Oceania Football Confederation O.F.C. Youth Futsal tournament held in Auckland, New Zealand, last week. Samoa both competed in the Men’s and Women’s divisions of the O.F.C. Futsal tournament.

Basketball

Kelsall hails from the villages of Fagalii, Letogo, and Vailele

Samoan basketball star ready for Oceania

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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