Samoa rugby union

Former coach takes stand in case against Samoa Rugby Union

Fuimaono took the stand to give evidence in the two day civil hearing.

He has two claims related to alleged breaches of contract.

The former coach was hired in 2017 but was sacked last August in a decision of the board chaired by the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

Fuimaono has told the court the decision was made after Samoa qualified for the 2019 World Cup by beating Germany two rounds of qualifying matches.

He said said the termination was very hurtful and had also affected his family.

Fiji, Samoa take part in first World Rugby Council meeting

The Pacific Islands neighbours were elected onto the Council, which now comprises 51 members, after successfully meeting new governance criteria, following reforms launched in 2015.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont hailed the the landmark meeting and praised "the enormous contribution" Pacific Islands countries have made to the global game.

"This is an historic day for World Rugby and the Pacific Islands, and a reflection of the importance and success of the transformational governance reforms made by this organisation and the unions," he said.

Giant Samoan lock red carded for truly awful tackle attempt

He’s 6’9 for Christ’s sake. Hard to go low on a short arse.

He made his debut for the Samoa national rugby union team in September 2008, playing against New Zealand in New Plymouth.

He has made 7 appearances for his country to date, spread over 8 calendar years.

His last appearance came in the June 2015 international victory against Canada, but Paulino was not selected to be a part of Samoa’s Rugby World Cup 2015 final squad.


Former Manu Samoa coach suing SRU

The case was heard before the chief justice, Patu Falefatu Sapolu, yesterday but has been adjourned to the 10th of December for the respondent to file and serve a written response.

Fuimaono was appointed last year on a contract through until the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

He led the Manu to five consecutive defeats before home and away wins against Germany secured their passage to Japan.

Samoa seat a World Rugby 'smokescreen'

Samoa Rugby Union (SRU) chief executive Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea'i confirmed to RNZ Pacific that Samoa's bid for a council seat had been successful.

He said the World Rugby Council would ratify the decision at next month's Executive Committee meeting, with SRU chair and Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi to occupy Samoa's seat at the next World Rugby Board meeting in May.

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.

Samoa Rugby Union updates constitution

A consultant from Australia, hired by the World Rugby, worked with the union to amend the constitution, with the changes passed at a meeting on Monday.

Faleomavaega said under the new constitution, which will become effective in September at the union's Annual General Meeting, only three board members would be elected to represent provincial unions, two from Upolu and one from Savaii islands.

A women's representative, a marketing officer and a legal advisor would also take a seat in the boardroom, he said.

Manu Samoa 7s captain stood down for disciplinary reasons

Upon arrival, Alatasi will front the Samoan Rugby HPU Integrity Unit.

“SRU expects high standard of conduct from all players and management representing our country with a zero tolerance of any misconduct within any Manu Samoa team,” said HPU General Manager, Zane Hilton.

“We have made contact with our MS 7s management to stand him down until further notice. He will arrive in the country by the end of the week and will front the Samoan Rugby HPU Integrity Unit for his disciplinary hearing,” Hilton said in a statement issued by SRU today.

Zane Hilton is new General Manager of High Performance for Samoa rugby

Chief Executive Officer Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai welcomed Hilton's appointment, which followed a wide search to recruit for the newly vacated position. "If we are to realise our goal of developing locally based players, who make up the majority of our national teams, and then to be successful on the international stage, then we need someone of Zane's experience to help us achieve that," Faleomavaega said.

Samoa Rugby Union hosts China Rugby Football Association delegation

SRU Chairman and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said the announcement was delayed to coincide with the first official visit by the CRFA officials.

“The MOU between SRU and CRFA represents the continuous close relationship between China and Samoa. Amongst China’s immense contribution in Samoa includes assistance in our sports facilities and naturally this has extended our mutual partnership with close establishment of means to both explore and share resources and commercial opportunities through the sport of rugby.”