Chiefs midfielder Johnny Fa'auli suspended for 6 weeks

Chiefs midfielder Johnny Fa'auli will miss the Super Rugby playoffs after being suspended for a dangerous tackle in a match Saturday against the Wellington-based Hurricanes in the last round of the regular season.

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Bryn Hall of the Crusaders scores a try in the tackle of Rieko Ioane of the Blues during the Super Rugby match, Crusaders V Blues, Wyatt Crockett Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 14th July 2018.Copyright photo: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz

Crusaders v Sharks, Lions v Jaguares in Super Rugby quarters

The Sharks clinched the last quarterfinal place in Super Rugby after beating the Jaguares 20-10 on Saturday, setting up an unenviable trip to the eight-time champion Crusaders of New Zealand in the playoffs.

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Samoa qualifies for 2019 Rugby World Cup, beating Germany 2x

Samoa qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after beating Germany 42-28 for a second time in their playoff on today. Samoa won the first leg 66-15 in Apia two weeks ago, making qualification on aggregate virtually inevitable.

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Chiefs beat Hurricanes 28-24 in Super Rugby

The Chiefs beat the Hurricanes 28-24 in the last regular-season round of Super Rugby on Friday though a second-half rally ensured the Hurricanes will have home advantage when the teams meet again in the quarterfinals next weekend.

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Manu Samoa team perform the Siva Tau.

Fa’apale starts at first five, Manu makes three changes for Germany

Taula Eels flyhalf Patrick Fa’apale will start at number 10 for the Manu Samoa’s second Rugby World Cup qualifying game against Germany on Sunday morning (Samoan time). He is among three changes the Manu Samoa head coach Fuimaono T. Tafua has made to his side that beat the Germans on Samoan soil a week ago. 

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TRAINING IN GERMANY: The Manu Samoa team during training in Germany. Photos: Manu Samoa.

Manu Samoa ready to tackle Germany on their home turf

Manu Samoa forwards Josh Tyrell and Piula Faʻasalele are in doubt for this Sunday’s (Samoan time) Rugby World Cup qualifier against Germany. Doncaster Knights lock Tyrell and Toulouse flanker Faʻasalele both started in the 66-15 first leg victory in Apia.

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MANU SEVENS: The Manu Samoa Sevens team during training at the Apia Park Stadium preparing for the upcoming Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Fransisco. Photos: Iain Photo: Iain McGregor/Samoa ObserverRugby. Sport.

Manu Sevens named for World Cup

Manu Samoa Sevens Coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens, has named his side for the upcoming Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco on the 20-22 July. The team was announced yesterday.

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Next Wales head coach Wayne Pivac speaks during a press conference at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Monday, July 9, 2018.

Another Kiwi to replace Gatland as Wales coach after RWC

The fourth New Zealander to become Wales rugby coach says he's been immersed in the principality so long that, "I feel as if I am a Welsh coach."

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NO REF NO GAME: Some of the players who left the field after a referee failed to turn up at Marist yesterday.

Referees’ no show disappointing

Organisers of the Super 9 rugby competition and the Rugby Referee Association have come under fire for the non-appearance of referees at yesterday’s under 20’s semifinals.

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Jaguares reach Super Rugby playoffs for first time

Argentina's Jaguares qualified for the Super Rugby playoffs for the first time despite the end of their seven-match winning streak on Saturday. The Jaguares lost to the Bulls 43-34 at Loftus Versfeld and missed a chance to overtake the idle Lions for the South African conference lead.

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Wyatt Crockett. Crusaders v Highlanders. Super Rugby, round 19, Wyatt Crocket Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 6th July 2018. Photo Copyright: Craig Morrison / www.photosport.nz

Crusaders beat Highlanders 45-22 in Super Rugby

The defending champion Crusaders sealed first place on the Super Rugby table by beating the Highlanders 45-22 on Friday. Tries immediately before and after halftime helped the Christchurch-based Crusaders to their 13th win in 15 matches at the start of the penultimate regular-season round.

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Delphine Tafili

Winners with Get into Rugby

Get into rugby mini festival ended with the Upolu finale at Marist Brothers Primary School, Mulivai field on Wednesday. Sixteen different primary schools from Faleata and Vaimauga districts competed against each other in tag rugby.

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Manu Samoa Sevens coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens. Photo: Iain McGregor/Samoa ObserverRugby. Sport.Samoa sevens team train at Apia Park Stadium.

Manu Sevens’ growing pains

With more time and exposure, Samoa can expect to see a winning Sevens team in a couple of years. A few weeks away from the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco, Manu Samoa Sevens coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens, remains optimistic about his young team.

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Vice-captain for German team Sean Armstrong.

Germany now better prepared for Samoa

Germany’s loss to the Manu Samoa team was an eye opener. Those were the words of German vice-captain, Sean Armstrong, after they were hammered 66-15 by Manu Samoa last Saturday at Apia Park. 

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Beauden Barrett in mid air.New Zealand All Blacks v France, 2nd Test at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand on 16 June 2018.Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Barrett and Folau appeal for clarity around aerial contests

Two of the world's top rugby players both expressed concerns Monday about the way in which the contest for possession in the air is being refereed

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Our boys in blue came through with a victorious win against Germany.

Manu Samoa fan elated

A 69-year-old Manu Samoa fan is elated at the national team’s comprehensive victory over Germany in the World Cup qualifier match on Saturday.

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ONE MORE GAME TO GO: Ed Fidow crosses the try line for his second score. Photo: Misiona Simo

A game away from World Cup

Manu Samoa is one game away from cementing a Rugby World Cup finals berth. But they must ensure Germany does not beat them by more than 49 points when they meet again in the second leg in Heidelberg, Germany on July 14. That fact was not lost on the Manu Samoa coach Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua when he and captain Chris Vui fronted up at the post-match press conference last Saturday.

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GERMANY'S HEAD COACHES: Kobus Potgieter and Coach Pablo Lemoine during the press conference.

Coaches disappointed with loss

Germany’s head coaches Kobus Potgieter and Coach Pablo Lemoine have expressed disappointment with their loss to Manu Samoa. The team was given a 66-15 hiding by the Samoan national team in a World Cup qualifier match at Apia Park. Speaking to the media in a post-match press conference, Lemoine said there was a need for the team to do better on the field.  

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Guido Petti.Chiefs v Jaguares, Super Rugby, Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, New Zealand on the 4th May 2018. Copyright Photo: Jeremy Ward / www.photosport.nz

Jaguares purge Pumas alter ego and win again in Super Rugby

The Jaguares played so badly for Pumas coach Daniel Hourcade that he resigned this month. As Pumas, they lost all three home tests, abysmally. But back under Mario Ledesma's care in Super Rugby, the Jaguares were on Saturday everything they weren't as Pumas: Composed, smart, and lethal.

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MAKING THE NATION PROUD: Melani Matavao shoots off for the opening try of the match. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

Manu Samoa hammers Germany 66-15

The Manu Samoa is back. In front of their home crowd at Apia Park yesterday, the men in blue showcased passion and next level ball skills to beat a strong German side 66-15 at full time. An emotional Head Coach, Titimaea Tafua spoke to the Sunday Samoan that his team had to win this game, not only for a spot in next year’s World Cup in Japan, but for the people of Samoa. 

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Boxing

Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse speaks as Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao smiles during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Matthysse and Pacquiao were scheduled to fight on July 15,

Pacquiao predicts action-filled fight against Matthysse

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said Thursday he is prepared for an action-packed fight against aggressive Argentinian Lucas Matthysse in Sunday's world title bout that could put his illustrious career at stake.

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

The Arc de Triomphe is illuminated with the colors of the French national flag and by fireworks set off by French soccer fans celebrating France's World Cup victory over Croatia, in Paris, France, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2. The inscr

With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory

It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy.

Basketball

The Philippines' Jason William, centre, jumps to hit Australia's Daniel Kickert centre left as others rush to break the brawl during the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Philippine Arena in suburban Bocaue township, Bulacan province n

Wild brawl mars Australia-Philippines basketball game

Basketball's international governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines after a wild brawl that included Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker broke out in their Basketball World Cup qualifying game Monday.

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