Samoa Rugby

Burglar picks wrong home after entering former Samoan heavyweight boxing, rugby star's property

Former Samoan international rugby and boxing star Lio Falaniko was sitting at his Perth home in his underwear on December 28 when the bizarre incident unfolded.

Falaniko was pondering what Netflix movie to watch when the burglar brazenly walked through his front door and into the hallway towards the kitchen in the middle of the afternoon.

The 51-year-old, who has 10 professional heavyweight boxing wins to his name, told Perth Now how the incident unfolded.

"I'd just got home from the shops and the dude just walked straight into my house.

Samoa coach Seilala Mapusua eyes All Black Josh Ioane for 2023 Rugby World Cup

Players such Steven Luatua, Ben Lam, Lolagi Visinia, George Moala, Jeff Toomaga-Allen and Lima Sopoaga are now eligible for Manu Samoa, effective immediately, after World Rugby voted to allow players to switch nations after observing a three-year stand-down from test rugby.


And, should Ioane not be selected by the All Blacks next year, Mapusua will swoop for the new No Chiefs 10.


“You’ve got guys like Josh Ioane, who have played one test for the All Blacks, Josh has been playing some awesome footy at the moment,” Mapusua told Stuff on Thursday.


'We were the poor cousins': Samoa's 1991 World Cup upset 30 years on

The venerated Aucklander enjoyed a swashbuckling time playing in New Zealand and England before going on to forge the coaching adventure that now has him at the helm of ambitious Bristol. However, nothing has yet to eclipse the magical moment from 1991 when Western Samoa shocked the world with their World Cup win over Wales in Cardiff. 

Fiji, Samoa 7s to miss start of the World Series

The new season kicks off in Vancouver on September 18, with another tournament in Edmonton the following weekend.

But Fiji's Olympic gold medal winning team and Pacific neighbours Samoa have joined New Zealand, Australia and Argentina in opting to skip the Canadian wing because of the ongoing effects of Covid-19.

Fiji's players went more than four months without seeing their friends and families in order to achieve their Olympic dream in Japan.

Saracens sign Samoan second-row

The 25-year-old second-row arrives in Barnet following a spell in the United States with the Dallas Jackals.

Mcfarland, who is 6ft 6 tall and weighs 115kg, won both of his caps as a replacement against Tonga.

Prior to playing in Major League Rugby, McFarland played for the Savai’i Vikings in the Super Nine Rugby competition in 2018 and 2019.

During that time he also represented Samoa at basketball in multiple international competitions.

Lima Sopoaga hopeful for future switch to Samoa

Players can switch allegiances by playing in an Olympic qualifying event, provided they have a passport for the second country and have completed a stand down period of three years.

UK-based Sopoaga hoped to play in Samoa's Olympic Sevens qualifiers held in Monaco last month, but had already made plans to visit family in New Zealand.

Samoa Rugby mourns the loss of former Manu Samoa Faasuaga Fanueli

Fanueli died on Saturday after he collapsed a rugby tournament at Marist St. Joseph’s Club.

He was the Head Coach of Falelauniu Rugby Club at the time of his passing.

He was involved in the early development of the A’ana Chiefs rugby franchise as their first Super 9 Head Coach from 2017 until 2019. 

Fanueli played as a forward in the Apia Rugby Union, and was selected to play for the Manu Samoa As 15 squad during his playing days. 


Photo: The late Faasuaga Fanueli.  Source:  A’ana CHIEFS Rugby/Facebook


Maori All Blacks name two debutants for battle with Samoa

Highlanders lock Josh Dickson and Tasman loose forward Jacob Norris – a late addition to the squad and older brother of teammate Ollie Norris – will both make their debuts off the bench for the New Zealand representative side.

The starting pack features an experienced front row of Hurricanes loosehead prop Pouri Rakete-Stones, Highlanders tighthead Josh Hohneck and Kapene (captain) Ash Dixon at hooker. Blues rate Kurt Eklund, Super Rugby teammate Marcel Renata and Crusaders Rookie of the Year Tamaiti Williams will provide impact off the bench.

Former All Blacks set to switch to Samoa

Players with eligibility for more than one country can switch their allegiance by participating in Olympic qualifying events provided they have a passport for the second country and have completed a stand down period of three years.

World Rugby's rules otherwise prevent players from representing more than one country at senior level.

Lakapi Samoa's General Manager of High Performance, Seumanu Douglas Ngau Chun, said they've had discussions with some high-profile players who are keen to pull on the blue jersey.

Samoa Rugby Union rebranded to Lakapi Samoa

Chairman and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi launched the new name and logo at Lakapi Samoa Headquarters in

Tuanaimoto Friday.

According to Tuilaepa, Lakapi Samoa has transitioned through a reform process which started in 2015 in the reform and restructure of the Administration and Union.

This was followed by a  reform of the Union’s constitution.