Manu Samoa

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.

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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.

Manu Samoa qualify for World Cup after dominant display against Germany

The hard-fought victory, combined with the 66-15 first leg win in Apia, confirmed a 108-43 aggregate win and a place in Pool A alongside Ireland, Scotland, Japan and Russia.

Germany were leading the second leg 28-21 with 10 minutes remaining, but Samoa showed their dominance to run away with another convincing win.

The Samoans have played at the last seven Rugby World Cups, and their best result was the quarterfinals at their first two in 1991 and 1995.

It is not all over for Germany who will now compete in the four-team repecharge in November in Marseille.

Manu Samoa tweak line-up for decisive second leg

Joe Tekori and Brandon Nansen form a new locking duo while Patrick Fa'apale will run proceedings at first five.

Josh Tyrell failed to recover from an injury sustained in training last week while captain Chris Vui moves from the second row to the blindside flank, in place of the injured Piula Fa'asalele.

Tusi Pisi moves out to second receiver after Alapati Leuia was excused from selection due to family commitments.

There's also four changes in the reserves, with Taula Eels halfback Ionatana Tino poised to make his test debut off the bench.