Samoa Rugby

Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Heartland XV to play at Eden Park as World Cup warm up

An announcement was made at the venue of the games on Wednesday morning, which will be warm up fixtures for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (Ateed), which is an arm of Auckland Council, is involved with putting on the games and there is hope that fans will come out in a similar way to how they've done for the Tongan rugby league team in recent years.

Samoa legend Dan Leo argues against World Rugby proposals

Leo made his debut for Samoa in 2005, eventually lining out 39 times for the islanders. He also represented the combined Pacific Island team on three occasions.

The second row has witnessed the constant struggles the Pacific island nations face in the world game - from under funding to controversial contractual stipulations - and the recent World Rugby plans for a global competition have not filled him with confidence the powers that be have the islanders best intentions at heart.

Beaumont welcomes Fiji and Samoa at their first World Rugby Council meeting

With a new governance model paving the way for wider representation on World Rugby’s Council, Fiji and Samoa were warmly welcomed by council, which now comprises 51 members.

Having successfully achieved the required good governance criteria in line with governance reform launched in November 2015, the unions follow Georgia, Romania and USA onto the expanded council and will act as an inspiration for other unions aspiring to take a seat on council.

Fitness behind Samoa 7s' rise - Tietjens

After a dismal couple of seasons, Samoa is now a regular contender in tournament quarterfinals, having placed 4th last weekend in Hong Kong, following the high of second place in Las Vegas.

Sixth in the standings prior to this weekend's Singapore Sevens, Sir Gordon said his players had come to understand the level of fitness that's required of them.

"What it's been I think is the consistency around our conditioning. We've worked particularly hard," he said.

Samoa, Tonga could be next as Fiji clinch NRC minor premiership

Rugby Australia high-performance boss Ben Whitaker confirmed they were in early talks with World Rugby about adding another Pacific Islands nation to the third tier competition after the Drua's success.

The Senirusi Seruvakula-coached side will host Canberra Vikings in Fiji in the first semi-final on Saturday after topping the regular season with a 33-28 win over the Western Force at the weekend.

Samoa A overpowers Tonga, 23-15 in Americas Pacific Cup

The side defeated Tonga A, 23-15, yesterday.

Winger Vaili scored a double to help the Muliagatele Brian Lima-coached team maintain their unbeaten record at the tournament, following a famous win over Argentina a few days ago.

Samoa awarded seat on World Rugby Council

Samoa Rugby Union chief executive Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea'i said the decision came after the union passed the review of its constitution, which had been used in their annual meeting last month when new board members were elected.

Financial reports by the union also met World Rugby criteria, which was another important part of the decision for Samoa to take a seat around the council table, Faleomavaega said .

Union chair and Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi will occupy Samoa's seat at the next World Rugby Board meeting in May next year.

New Manu Samoa coach keen to build depth

Steve Jackson was appointed on Friday to replace Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua.

The former Blues assistant coach has spent the past few days reaching out to players, pouring over game footage and finalising his coaching team.

He has to submit a squad to World Rugby by Friday and said while they want to win games now the bigger focus is on being successful at the World Cup in a year's time.

Under-strength Samoa likely for Rugby World Cup qualifier

Samoa will face Germany or Portugal for a place at next year's tournament in Japan after World Rugby announced the new dates for their home and away playoff series.

Subject to any appeal, the first leg will be in Apia on June 30, with the return match in Europe on July 14.

Confirmation comes after an independent judicial and disputes committee found Belgium, Spain and Romania fielded ineligible players in the Rugby Europe Championship and docked them competition points.

Japan gives Samoa Olympics boost

The agreement was inked by Samoa's Ambassador to Japan, Her Excellency Faalavaau Perina Jacqueline Sila-Tualaulelei and the Mayor of Yamagata Takahiro Sato.

Yamagata City will be the 'Host Town' for Samoa and the Samoa Olympic delegations during their pre-camp training period before the Tokyo Games.

The MOU also marks the formal commencement of cultural and sports exchanges between Samoa and Yamagata.