Scott Barrett during the Highlands V Crusaders, Super Rugby Preseason match in Waimumu, Gore, Southland, New Zealand.

Crusaders kick of Super Rugby title defense against Chiefs

The Christchurch-based Crusaders open the defense of their Super Rugby title on Saturday in a tough New Zealand derby against the Chiefs as the first full round of the season tests the effectiveness of reforms forced on the tournament in the past six months.

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Manu Samoa Sevens.

Manu Samoa Sevens for Vegas and Vancouver

Manu Samoa Sevens Head Coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens, has named his final squad for the Las Vegas and Vancouver legs of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. The announcement was made during the official launching of the sponsorship and supply agreement of the BLK Sports Ltd and Samoa Rugby Union deal today at Tanoa Tusitala.

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Wales' player Dan Biggar attends a training session at Twickenham stadium in London.

6N: Gatland says playing Biggar after 5 weeks out not risky

Flyhalf Dan Biggar's first rugby action in five weeks will be for Wales against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday. Wales coach Warren Gatland believes he's ready.

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Marketing manager of BLK Fiji together with P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and the C.E.O. of Samoa Rugby Union Vincent Fepuleai.

Samoa back with BLK

The Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) and world renowned brand, B.L.K. Fiji, have signed a new four-year agreement. 

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S.R.U. hosts Constitution workshop

The Constitution and Governance Advisor for Oceania Rugby, Dr. Paul Terry Jonson from Sydney, Australia, is in Samoa facilitating a workshop for Samoa Rugby’s constitution. 

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Sevens Coach Tietjens commends Marist Sevens

The Manu Samoa 7s Head Coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens, is grateful for the Vailima Pure Marist International Sevens tournament. Sir Tietjens said this was his second time participating in the tournament and he believes the tournament is becoming more competitive with many players displaying exceptional rugby skills.

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Vailele Team

A quality tournament to expose local talents

The Vailele team was one of the most entertaining and exciting teams at the 30th Marist Vailima Pure International Sevens tournament. Vailele topped their Pool, defeating Salelologa and Tufulele.

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Auckland Marist retains 30th Marist Sevens title

Auckland Marist have done it again. The defending champions of the Vailima Pure International Marist Sevens defeated Apia, 12-0, in a hard fought final to secure their third title in as many years.

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Apia Maroons (in white) battling with the A’ana Blues for the third place

Learning curve for Apia women

The Apia Maroons women’s team claimed fourth place in the Vailima Pure Marist International Sevens tournament yesterday. A’a’na Blues proved too good for the Apia Maroons, 37-5.

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CHAMPIONS: Auckland Samoa team the winners of the Marist Sevens Tournament.

Victorious Auckland Samoa women

The Auckland Samoa Women’s team are the champions of this year’s Vailima Pure Marist International Sevens tournament. They defeated the Marist Invitation team 20-5 in the final.

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SWEET VICTORY: Auckland Marist celebrates sweet success for the third year in a row. Photo: Marist.

Auckland Marist wins again

Auckland Marist have done it again. Not once, not twice but three times. The defending champions of the Vailima Pure International Marist Sevens have defeated Apia, 12-0, to secure their third title in as many years.

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Action from the semifinal between Vailele and Apia which Apia won. Photo: Marist

Auckland Marist and Apia Maroons in Cup final

The last two teams’ standings for the 30th Marist Vailima Pure International Sevens tournament have been confirmed. After an entertaining Round of Semi-final clashes of the Marist Vailima Pure International Cup, Auckland Marist and Apia Maroon will go head to head for the Cup final round.

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JJ Taulagi and Sailosi Vatubua in Samoa for the Vailima Pure Marist International 7s tournament that ends today.

Rugby tourist shares experience

Rugby is what brought Sailosi Vatubua, a Fiji born New Zealander, to Samoa’s shores for the first time. 

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Action from the Cup quarterfinal between Auckland Marist and Tui Samoa. Photo: Marist.

Auckland Marist marches on

The defending champions of the Vailima Pure International Marist Sevens, Auckland Marist, are two games away from retaining the trophy they have won for the past two years.

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A humbling experience for overseas referees

Pat Rae and four other referees from New Zealand are ready to explore more on the field. He is the manager of the Bay of Plenty Union from New Zealand and they are here on behalf of the New Zealand Rugby to referee the Vailima Pure Marist International Sevens two-day tournament.

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President of Marist St Joseph’s Sport’s Club Faimalomatumua Matthew Lemisio presents the 2018 Marist Legend Award to Fainu’ulelei Matamua Filipo Saena.

Saena scoops Marist Legend Award

Fainu’ulelei Matamua Filipo Saena was announced the first ever recipient of the Marist Legend Award at the Vailima Pure Marist International Sevens tournament yesterday.

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Action from the last game of Day 1 yesterday where Tui Samoa played Vaimoso.

Top eight confirm quarters spot

Eight teams have confirmed their quarterfinal spot at this year’s Vailima Pure Marist International Sevens tournament after an exciting display of Rugby 7s yesterday. Twenty-two teams played their hearts out, but sadly only eight teams can proceed to the Cup playoffs today.

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Cyclone Gita cancels out China, Fiji participation

Cyclone Gita has caused the 2018 Marist Sevens a major blow – with two international teams pulling out at the last minute.

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FILE - In this April 23, 2016, file photo, players of Japan's Sunwolves celebrate their 36-28 win over Argentina's Jaguares, in black, during their Super Rugby match in Tokyo.

Reduced Super Rugby competition to show if less is more

The 2018 Super Rugby season will test the concept that less is more, demonstrating whether a tournament pared back from 18 to 15 teams will become stronger to win back jaded fans.

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France's rugby coach Jacques Brunel watches his players prior to the Six Nations rugby union match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, outside Paris, France.

French rugby federation investigates players over drinking

The French rugby federation has opened an investigation that could lead to further sanctions for the national team players who allegedly went out drinking on Sunday after losing to hosts Scotland in the Six Nations tournament.

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Boxing

Ato Leau Plodzicki Faoagali is heading to the Commonwealth Games.

Boxing names team for Commonwealth Games

The Samoa Amateur Boxing Association has named Team Samoa for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia. The Fight for Marist last week was one of the final trials.

NFL

A Philadelphia Eagles fan chants while waiting for the team to arrive at Philadelphia International Airport a day after defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.

Mayor hopes 'knucklehead contingent' avoids Eagles parade

An estimated 2 million people celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles' long-awaited first Super Bowl win will descend on the city Thursday as the Vince Lombardi trophy is paraded through five miles of jubilant fans.

Football

Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz congratulates Nick Foles (9) during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Philadelphia.

Foles, Eagles fly into Super Bowl, rout Vikings 38-7

With one quarter remaining, Eagles players on the field and sideline already were dancing.

Basketball

Former NBA basketball player Rasual Butler and his wife Leah LaBelle, whose given name is Leah LaBelle Vladowski, arrive at the NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York.

Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler, wife die in Los Angeles crash

Former NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles early Wednesday.

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