Samoa schools thrashed in Tri-Series

Following heavy defeats to New Zealand and Australia's top teams, Samoa had high hopes of a breakthrough win but found themselves trailing 42-5 at halftime.

Vaifagaloa Mamoe scored Samoa's only first-half try, scooping up the loose ball following a dropped ball.

The Samoans opened the scoring a few minutes after halftime through left-winger Ausage Ausage before the Barbarians ran in four more tries to complete a comprehensive victory.

Head coach Etimani Faamoetauloa says more games against the trans-tasman rivals would help their development.

US book drive collects for Samoa

Launched in July, the book drive aimed to get 1,000 youth and children's books for Upolu and Savai'i Islands but donations now number nearly ten times that figure.

In addition to individual donations, Pittsburgh-based charity Brother's Brother will be supplying a 20-foot shipping container of text books and children's literature to arrive in Apia in mid-November.

About 9,000 books are expected to leave Pittsburgh later this week.

Samoa schools rugby team eyes first win

The Samoans were thrashed 67-3 in their first match against New Zealand but put in a better showing against Australia, losing 39-18.

Head coach Etimani Faamoetauloa says those games proved too tough for his players but they tried their best.

He says they are getting better but still need to take it up another few levels.

Samoa appoints new 7s manager, changes role

New Zealand-based Masunu Talapusi has been appointed to the role.

He was hired on a temporary basis to help organize the preparations for the historic All Blacks vs Manu Samoa test in July.

The CEO of the Samoa Rugby Union, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea'i, says the new manager will responsible for all administration works for the team while head coach Damian McGrath and assistant coach Brian Lima will concentrate on the players.

Samoa launches new submarine cable company

The Minister for the Ministry of Communication, Information and Technology, Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau says the Samoa Submarine Cable Company is an innovative case of private partnership.

He says it's a marriage of Samoa telecom carriers, Bluesky and Digicel, the Computer Service Limited, and Samoa financial investors the Samoa National Provident Fund, the Unit Trust of Samoa and the Samoa Life Assurance Corporation.

Pacific police gather for crime conference

Police representatives from across the region are attending the three-day gathering.

The Samoa Police Commissioner, Egon Keil, says the conference will allow police to share experiences and concerns.

"We're going to be going through some very, very intense training and some experiences sharing so we can focus on the regional issues. Because if it's happening in Samoa, we'd like to know what Fiji is doing about it, what New Zealand is doing about it, what Australia is doing about it, so we can combat it here in Samoa."

Samoan waste plastic could be converted for 3D printing

Lionel Taito-Matamua, who studies design at Wellington's Victoria University, says when he attended his grandmother's funeral in Samoa he was shocked to see the sheer volume of waste in the country.

He says that inspired him to devote his Master's thesis to try and find a way to help Samoa make use of its waste plastic, by turning it into something useful and helping the environment.

He says that can be done with 3D printing.

Samoa look for long-term success

Success at this tournament won't be exclusively determined by how far they progress.

The perfect campaign would be to make the last eight and show that Manu Samoa are no longer trading on just their talent: that they have a stable, high performance team behind them and that they have the people and the structure to climb the world rankings.

Japan's batteries recharged for Samoa showdown, says Luke Thompson

The Brave Blossoms face Samoa at Milton Keynes in a match that will make or break their quarter-final chances. After stunning South Africa in their opening game in Pool B, Japan played Scotland just four days later and faded after an hour, slipping to a 45-10 defeat.

Eddie Jones’ men, however, have recuperated over the past six days in the quiet of Warwick, where the team have been able to focus on preparing for the Samoa game.

Pacific marks six years since deadly tsunami

On Saturday, American Samoa held a memorial service for the 34 victims killed there.

The names of the children, father and mothers, who died in the tsunami were read and monetary awards were presented to the children who lost their parents.

The money was donated by the One Global Family organisation, founded by Laura Ava-Tesimale.

The Governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga said the pain and suffering endured by families of the victims of the tsunami still lingers on and will never end.