Manu Samoa

Whirlwind rise for Manu Samoa's Kane Le'aupepe

The 26-year-old can now add professional rugby player to that list since being called into the Hurricanes squad at the end of March.

The Wellington-born Le'aupepe has benefitted from a dearth of second row depth in the capital, making his Super Rugby debut off the bench against the Crusaders and has since accumulated four caps and a try for his home-town team, including starts against the Highlanders and Chiefs.

Le'aupepe, who was also a late call-up to Samoa's end of year tour squad in November, admitted it has all happened very quickly.

Manu Samoa coach challenges team to start winning

The governing body wants a 12 team global competition to start in 2022, that would feature teams from the Six Nations and Rugby Championship as well as two additional countries based on world rankings, currently Fiji and Japan.

Samoa have won only five of their 20 test matches since the last World Cup, with their only successes in the last two years coming against European minnows Germany and Spain.

Steve Jackson, who was appointed in September last year, said that had to change.

Players queuing up for Manu Samoa 2019 campaign

The Manu ended their November tour on a winning note against Spain, following narrow defeats against the United States and Georgia.

Steve Jackson was only appointed in October and says, while they didn't get the results in the first two games, a strong platform has been established heading into a Rugby World Cup year.

Decision making proves costly for Manu Samoa

The Manu trailed 15-0 early in San Sebastian but rallied to lead 21-20 at half-time.

Leading 29-27 with a minute to go Samoa conceded a penalty and first five Will Hooley converted from a difficult angle to secure a dramatic 30-29 win - the first for the USA in six tests against their men in blue.

Steve Jackson said his players were sound defensively and created more opportunities with the ball in hand but execution and decision making let them down.

Manu Samoa predicting physical affair vs USA

Head coach Steve Jackson will take charge of the Manu for the first time in San Sebastian in Northern Spain.

An under-strength US side were thrashed 59-22 by the Māori All Blacks in Chicago last weekend.

But Jackson said the Eagles are a physical team that love the contact area.

"They're pretty direct in the way that they carry so defensively we need to be on-song," he said.


Samoa Rugby confirms appointment of new Manu Samoa Coach

SRU Chief Executive Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai announced Steve’s appointment following the SRU Board’s endorsement. 

A statement said a five-person panel – chaired independently by Rev Siaosi Salesulu and made up of SRU and World Rugby representatives - recommended Steve’s appointment, following a contestable and rigorous process that attracted applications from all around the world.

Manu Samoa coach unhappy with World Rugby interference

The former Manu Samoa player and captain was appointed to a second stint in charge of the team a year ago against the wishes of the governing body, who refused to pay his salary.

But after just two wins from seven tests, the Samoa Rugby Union made the decision to readvertise the position, despite Fuimaono's contract running through to the 2019 World Cup.

Fuimaono said he achieved the goal of qualifying for next year's tournament in Japan and didn't understand why he was now being pushed towards the exit.

SRU coaching change an attempt to mend relationship with World Rugby

Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua was appointed to a second stint in charge in September last year, against the wishes of the world governing body, who refused to pay his salary.

But the controversial appointment has been effectively shown the door by the SRU after a return of just two wins from seven tests.

The General Manager of High Performance for the SRU, Zane Hilton, said results have not been good enough and if they're to be competitive at the World Cup they need to access much needed funding.

Manu Samoa coaching job to be readvertised

Fuimaono was appointed to a second stint in charge in September last year, following the resignation of Namulauulu Alama Ieremia.

The Manu failed to win a game during their end of year tour and were also beaten by local rivals Fiji and Tonga in the Pacific Nations Cup.

Fuimaono's only success came in home and away victories against Germany that ended a nine-test losing streak and secured qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Manu Samoa keen to qualify more through 7s loophole

Four years ago Tim Nanai-Williams switched allegiance from New Zealand to Samoa, playing in four tournaments on the global sevens circuit to make himself eligible for the Manu Samoa fifteen-a-side team.

SRU High Performance Unit Manager Zane Hilton said the criteria has since changed, with players wanting to switch now required to compete in five tournaments in the upcoming season, which doubles as an Olympic qualifier, provided they have a passport for the second country and have completed a minimum three year stand down period.