Pacific nations back in spotlight but old problems still remain

Rugby Aug 30, 2019

Pacific nations back in spotlight but old problems still remain

Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will be thrust into the spotlight this weekend during the Pasifika Challenge doubleheader in Auckland, but age-old problems continue to haunt them ahead of the upcoming Rugby World Cup. Samoa will play an invitational side comprised of players from New Zealand's ...

Samoa cruises past Germany to punch ticket for 2019 RWC

Rugby Jul 15, 2018

Samoa cruises past Germany to punch ticket for 2019 RWC

Samoa qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after beating Germany 42-28 for the second time in their two-leg playoff on Saturday. Samoa won the first leg 66-15 in Apia two weeks ago, making qualification on aggregate virtually inevitable. Germany was competitive at home, leading by ...

Asia Pacific / Social Issues Apr 11, 2016

Samoans divided over young woman's stigmata

Claims that a young woman developed wounds after playing Jesus Christ in a play have sharply divided opinion in Samoa, with people divided over whether the bleeding cuts are an authentic miracle or a hoax. The country's prime minister is among those who believe Toaipuapuaga ...

Japan shows mettle in victory over Samoa

More Sports / Rugby Oct 4, 2015

Japan shows mettle in victory over Samoa

by Rich Freeman

The "New Town" of Milton Keynes is known for its plethora of roundabouts. On Saturday, a disciplined Japan boxed clever and ran rings around Samoa to keep its hopes of reaching the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup alive. The Brave Blossoms' 26-5 victory leaves them ...

More Sports / Rugby Oct 1, 2015

Japan, Samoa put quarterfinal aspirations on the line

After opening Rugby World Cup victories, Japan and Samoa were given reality checks in defeat last time out and their quarter-final hopes will be on the line when they meet in Milton Keynes on Saturday. Japan's euphoria at stunning South Africa was checked when it ...

More Sports / Rugby Oct 1, 2015

Samoa makes five changes for Japan match

Samoa lock Kane Thompson will finally get to play in his third Rugby World Cup on Saturday after completing a two-match ban. Thompson was suspended for punching Australia hooker Saia Fainga'a in the warm-up match against the Barbarians at the Olympic Stadium on Aug. 29. His ...