Downer Rugby League World Cup 9s Sydney pools confirmed

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said today the format of the pools would ensure key rivals face each other in the fast-paced, action packed short form of Rugby League.

During the official launch of the tournament Monday in Parramatta, it was revealed that:

King Faipopo trial seeks cultural solution

The trial was scheduled to start on Monday but the court accepted an application to adjourn to allow the Malele Atofu, otherwise known as King Faipopo, to make an approach to the Prime Minister to see if the matter could be resolved using Samoan customs.

The accused is facing 11 charges under the criminal libel law for defaming Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi on social media.

He has pleaded not guilty.

The court will hear today about the results of the cultural mediation approach.


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Samoa Customs intercept visitor with heroin and cocaine

The woman travelled from Singapore via Fiji before landing in Samoa on Sunday.

Customs Officers referred the matter to police upon suspicion that she was in possession of illicit drugs in the form of pills or tablets.

An initial drug test was conducted and the results came out positive for heroin and cocaine.

 The K9 detector dog was also used to re-confirm the illicit drugs.

The 24 year old was transiting through Samoa for her final destination to American Samoa.

Samoa ratifies PACER plus trade deal

It's the first Pacific country to ratify the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (PACER Plus), which has been beset by criticism it favours New Zealand and Australia.

The agreement can only come into force when at least eight of the 11 signatories ratify it.

Samoa is the third country to ratify PACER Plus, joining New Zealand and Australia.

New Zealand's Trade Minister, David Parker, said Samoa's ratification would encourage other Pacific signatories to do the same.

Reports of domestic violence drop in Samoa

According to the Samoa Observer, the report noted 212 calls related to domestic violence were received by police during the period, a 32 percent reduction on the previous year.

The reduction comes as police in Samoa continue to raise awareness about domestic violence though public awareness campaigns and social media posts.

The report said a total of 4760 crimes were reported and attended to by the police on Upolu island during the period, and 800 on Savai'i.

PNG's golden hat trick in touch rugby, Samoa take silver

The 2015 Pacific Games Mixed Team silver medalists completed a hat-trick in 2019 to win the gold medal in the Mixed Team Division for complete dominance of this week’s touch rugby competition.

They have successfully defended their Men’s and Women’s titles from the 2015 Games with the win in Mixed Teams completing their dominance.

They did so in the deciding clash with Samoa, who were defending Mixed Team champions from the 2015 Pacific Games, though they trailed at the end of the first half.

Anglican schools commission inaugural schools’ visit to Samoa

Ten students from Australia were selected to take part in a service learning experience in Samoa through the Anglican Schools Commission (ASC). 

The schools include Peter Anglican Community School in Perth, Esperance Anglican Community School (both in Western Australia), Trinity Anglican College of Albury (New South Wales) and Cathedral College, Wangaratta (Victoria). 

Samoa powerlifting team wins 3 gold medals

The first gold was won by Faustina Niu Sila Opeloge in the Women -84 kg category winning over Meteng Wak of Papua New Guinea who got silver and Perina Fritz who won the bronze medal.

Samoa’s Koale Junior Tasi Taala won gold in the Men -120kg category; silver went to Telupe Iosefa of Tuvalu and Bronze to Tavita Lipine also of Samoa.

In the Men +120 kg category, Oliva Siusega Kirisome of Samoa won gold; the silver medal went to Vagi Henry of Papua New Guinea and the bronze medal to Julien Moala of New Caledonia.

Silver medal finish for Samoa men’s relay

Jeremy Dodson who finished the race for Team Samoa said they tried their best on the track.

"Our whole team gave it our all in this race. For me, I'm a relay runner and today I didn’t show it. My best attribute is my type of speed but for my Samoan brothers who did the relay race with me, we have a lot of time to prepare for future races."

For young Kelvin Masoe, he said he was thankful for all the support shown by the crowd today.

Queen of boxing crowned as Samoa dominate finals day

The crowd were on their feet, cheering,  as Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi presented her gold medal in the 69-75kg women’s middleweight after she defeated Tahiti’s Heiura Nena.

The daughter of Faiaimoa and Galuafi Loia from the villages of Siumu, Saaga and Lalomanu, was the only Samoan woman in the finals.