Samoa Rugby

Samoa ready for U20 World Rugby Championship

A total of nine players from the Australian franchise club, Eels have been selected  in the squad that was named today (Thursday).

The team is likely to bank on experience with most of the overseas-based players in the line-up.

The U20s is seen as a pathway to the Rugby World Cup stage, which World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said always displayed top-class talent.

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Tuatagoloa, 30, has played provincial rugby in New Zealand for Wellington and Canterbury and has represented Samoa at international level.

A promising boxer during his Teens, Tuatagoloa had to give up the sport as a result of persistent migraines. During the summer he revealed that he turned down a contract offer in France in order to represent Samoa at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

He has also played sevens rugby for both Samoa and New Zealand.

Samoa, Fiji men make winning start at Dubai 7s

The Manu 7s wore a black armband in their opening match against Canada to honour the victims of the measles epidemic which has taken more than 60 lives back in Samoa.

Sir Gordon Tietjens' side conceded two first half tries but responded in kind through Paul Scanlan and Tofatu Solia to go into the half-time break all square at 12-all.

Samoa 7s player returns home after daughter contracts measles

Samoa Global News reports that Leilua was informed his daughter, born on 3 November, had been admitted to Isolation 2 at Motootua National Hospital shortly after arriving in Dubai last week.

The 23-year-old, who has scored 20 tries in 69 appearances on the World Sevens Series, told the website that there has since been "improvement" and that he is praying "for all the families affected by the measles".

Paulo Fanuasa and Kelvin Masoe have been called into the Samoan squad in Dubai and head coach Sir Gordon Tietjens said the whole team was thinking of Leilua and his family.

Fijian-born Koroitamana grateful for another Heartland opportunity

The current Mid Canterbury looseman says he is grateful to be selected again in this season’s line-up.

“I feel honoured and thankful for the opportunity.”

Koroitamana adds the upcoming game against Samoa will a chance to better his performance.

“First, I am so privileged to be playing against my Samoa brothers and for what I hope to achieve is that it’s a good platform for me to springboard my future in for more opportunities in my rugby career,” he said.

Koroitamana will play among four other Fijian players for the team.

'Both teams wanted to play' - World Rugby defends pitch decision in Samoa

The global governing body has come under fire from some quarters after Samoa’s win over Tonga was played in dire weather conditions, with water pooling in some sections of t

Tonga centre Cooper Vuna and second row Sam Lousi have both taken to social media since the game to express their frustrations at what became something of a mudbath.

“Shoutout to World Rugby for signing off the field for us to play on today,” wrote Lousi, who has signed for Pro14 side Scarlets ahead of the new season, on Twitter.

Poor ground conditions a concern for former Manu Samoa lock Daniel Leo

Leo, who is the Player Welfare Manager for Pacific players based in Europe, raised his concern on social media directly to World Rugby about the poor ground set up at Apia Park in Samoa.

Leo made the comment following the PNC clash between Manu Samoa and Tonga.

 Heavy rain had affected the ground conditions and players were covered with mud during the game.
In his tweet today, Leo stated “Would England Rugby, All Blacks, Springboks or any Tier 1 team agree to playing on this? Then why is it acceptable for us poor nations?”

Samoa strike as ill-discipline proves costly for Tonga

Tonga, already hampered by the late withdrawal of the inspirational Nasi Manu, had two players in the sin-bin when Afasetiti Amosa and then Belgium Tuatagaloa swung the game Samoa's way with tries in the closing minutes.

Torrential rain before kick-off reduced Apia Park to a quagmire which impacted on the game as a spectacle despite a willingness by both sides to throw the ball around.

Manu Samoa ready for Tonga, Fiji look to defend Pacific Cup

Steve Jackson said he's been impressed by the players efforts in training, despite concerns about match fitness.

He said Saturday's home match in Apia was more than just an opener for the Manu, and they were rearing to showcase what they've got.

"Not only do we need to put in a performance on the field that we are going to be happy with, but it is so important that this is our one and only home test in Apia," Jackon said.

"You know, we could go out there and put on a display for our community ... and it will build some confidence in us moving through the PNC."

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.