Samoa sevens

Samoa Rugby Union sued by former 7s coach

RNZ reports the Union CEO, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea'i, said the civil case will be heard for mention on the 19th of December.

He confirmed the legal action is seeking for more than $US400,000 in damages to be paid by the Union because of the termination of McGrath's contract.

The CEO has said he is one of the two defendants named in the civil action because of what he told the media about the Board's decision to terminate McGrath's contract.

Sport: Samoa sevens head coach dismissed

Damian McGrath was appointed last year but his team failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

The SRU said the board reached the decision to readvertise the coach's job and those of the managment team after reviewing the team's performance in the 2015/2016 season.

The SRU's chief executive Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai said the management team was welcome to reapply.

Last year, McGrath had been selected by an independent panel and endorsed by the Samoa Rugby Board to replace Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua, beating out 28 other applicants from Samoa and abroad.

 

Heartbreak for Samoa as Spain win men's Olympic 7's qualifier

RNZI reports the Manu, who entered the tournament as top seeds, trailed 12-0 midway through the first half but hit back in the with tries to Alex Samoa and Alex Fidow to lead 14-12 at halftime.

Samoa stretched their lead to seven points when Belgium Tuatagaloa crossed early in the second half.

Samoa 7s expect to be at full-strength for Olympic qualifier

RNZI reports a week after their stunning victory in Paris, the Manu struggled in the World Series finale in London...winning just one of five games.

Samoa used just 11 players at Twickenham but head coach Damian McGrath expected to have a few more options available in just under four weeks time.

Paris success a "waste" if Samoa 7s don't reach Rio

The Manu stunned Fiji yesterday to seal their first Cup win on the World Series since 2012.

Samoa have yet to qualify for the Olympic sevens competition - with both their men's and women's teams taking part in the final repechage events in Monaco and Dublin next month.

Head coach Damian McGrath said getting to Rio remained their number one focus.

Samoa squad bolstered for Hong Kong Sevens

RNZI reports the Manu won the Plate title in Vancouver last month with only ten fit players to climb to ninth in the World Series standings after six rounds.

Coach Damian McGrath said the squad had a valuable fortnight back training at home and for once they have no new injury concerns.

Samoan 7s team ready for another great battle with Fiji

Fiji and Samoa have been drawn in the same pool for the third straight tournament but Samoa won 28‑24 when the Pacific rivals met in the pool stages of the Las Vegas 7s last weekend.

Coach Damian McGrath said the time for excuses are over and it is not good for them to score great tries and still commit basic errors.