SUPER 9 CHAMPIONS: The Taula Vaimauga Eels have again won by overcaming a mighty A’ana Izuzu Chiefs winning 20-19 points at full time.

Eels reign supreme again

They’ve done it again. The Taula Vaimauga Eels is the undefeated Super 9 champions, securing the Alan Grey Cup at Apia Park yesterday. They overcame a mighty A’ana Izuzu Chiefs in a close 20-19 contest to reclaim their title two years in a row. 

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Waratah players, left, celebrate a try against the Highlanders during their Super Rugby quarterfinal match in Sydney, Saturday, July 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Lions, Waratahs complete Super Rugby semifinal picture

The Lions and New South Wales Waratahs completed the Super Rugby semifinal lineup on Saturday and one of them will have the chance to put a dent in New Zealand's dominance.

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Australia's Emma Tonegato (5) is tackled by France's Marjorie Mayans (1) as a teammate closes in during a Women's Rugby Sevens World Cup semifinal in San Francisco, Saturday, July 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

France upset Australia to face NZ in RWC 7s women's final

 Ellia Green walked out of a medical room in the bowels of AT&T Park and looked up at a TV screen on the wall. She couldn't have liked what she saw.

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Belgium Tuatagaloa.

Heartbreak high as red card robs Samoa’s chance of Cup quarterfinal

They tried but they fell short, four points at that. And with that, Manu Samoa’s hopes of winning the Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco, U.S.A., have been dashed. Losing to England, 15-19, it was an emotionally fuelled clash where one of the strongest Samoan men, who had been their go-to-man, Belgium Tuatagaloa, was reduced to tears on the sideline where he could not contain himself.

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ONE GOAL, ONE MIND: The Izuzu Chiefs Senior A Team preparing mentally for today's final.

Chiefs want Alan Grey Cup

The Aana Chiefs are travelling to Apia Park today with one goal in mind.

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Taula Eels ready for the final today.

Taula Eels ready to defend title

The defending champions, the Taula Vaimauga Eels, are ready to defend their title.

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Manu Samoa Sevens team.

One lapse could cost us, Tietjens say as Samoa begins World Cup mission

Manu Samoa coach, Gordon Tietjens believes one lapse in judgement can prove costly for his Samoan side at the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in San Francisco. Manu Samoa open their campaign today (Samoan time) against Uganda. If Samoa wins, they will advance to play England.

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Hurricanes Ngani Laumape (C) is tackled by Chiefs' Anton Lienert-Brown (L) and Charlie Ngatai during the Hurricanes vs Chiefs Super Rugby quarter final match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Friday the 20th of July 2018. Copyright Photo by Marty Me

Hurricanes beat Chiefs 32-31 to reach Super Rugby semis

The Wellington-based Hurricanes scored a try in the first minute, then repelled a series of attempted comebacks with two tries to scrumhalf T.J. Perenara to beat the Hamilton-based Chiefs 32-31 Friday to reach the Super Rugby semifinals.

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Ryan Crotty, Mitchell Drummond and Israel Dagg celebrates Jack Goodhue of the Crusaders try during the Super Rugby match, Crusaders V Blues, Wyatt Crockett Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 14th July 2018.

Crusaders start playoffs as big Super Rugby title favorites

The start of this weekend's Super Rugby playoffs are expected to be the first of three formalities completed before the trophy is presented, again, to the Christchurch-based Crusaders.

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World Rugby calls the change exciting and innovative. Others see the immediate pressure as brutal. (AP Photo/Stephen Hindley, file)

New knockout format at RWC 7s will up pressure on big guns

The path to the Rugby World Cup Sevens title is the shortest ever. Then again, the path out of contention is the shortest ever, too.

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Lions captain Sam Warburton prepares to pack down in a scrum during the second rugby test between the British and Irish Lions and the All Blacks in Wellington, New Zealand. 29-year old Warburton on Wednesday July 18, 2018, announced his retirement from ru

Former Wales, Lions captain Warburton retires from rugby

Sam Warburton, a former Wales and two-time British and Irish Lions captain, announced his retirement from rugby for health reasons at the age of 29 on Wednesday, ending the career of one of the country's greatest and most popular players.

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Referee Federico Anseli gives a red card to Semisi Masirewa. Waratahs v Sunwolves. 2018 Super Rugby round 18.

SANZAAR to review use of TMOs in Super Rugby

Governing body SANZAAR has ordered a review of the use of television match officials in Super Rugby, saying the "practical implementation" of the video referee protocols has become an area of "major concern."

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Chiefs midfielder Johnny Fa'auli suspended for 6 weeks

Chiefs midfielder Johnny Fa'auli will miss the Super Rugby playoffs after being suspended for a dangerous tackle in a match Saturday against the Wellington-based Hurricanes in the last round of the regular season.

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Bryn Hall of the Crusaders scores a try in the tackle of Rieko Ioane of the Blues during the Super Rugby match, Crusaders V Blues, Wyatt Crockett Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 14th July 2018.Copyright photo: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz

Crusaders v Sharks, Lions v Jaguares in Super Rugby quarters

The Sharks clinched the last quarterfinal place in Super Rugby after beating the Jaguares 20-10 on Saturday, setting up an unenviable trip to the eight-time champion Crusaders of New Zealand in the playoffs.

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Samoa qualifies for 2019 Rugby World Cup, beating Germany 2x

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

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Chiefs beat Hurricanes 28-24 in Super Rugby

The Chiefs beat the Hurricanes 28-24 in the last regular-season round of Super Rugby on Friday though a second-half rally ensured the Hurricanes will have home advantage when the teams meet again in the quarterfinals next weekend.

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Manu Samoa team perform the Siva Tau.

Fa’apale starts at first five, Manu makes three changes for Germany

Taula Eels flyhalf Patrick Fa’apale will start at number 10 for the Manu Samoa’s second Rugby World Cup qualifying game against Germany on Sunday morning (Samoan time). He is among three changes the Manu Samoa head coach Fuimaono T. Tafua has made to his side that beat the Germans on Samoan soil a week ago. 

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TRAINING IN GERMANY: The Manu Samoa team during training in Germany. Photos: Manu Samoa.

Manu Samoa ready to tackle Germany on their home turf

Manu Samoa forwards Josh Tyrell and Piula Faʻasalele are in doubt for this Sunday’s (Samoan time) Rugby World Cup qualifier against Germany. Doncaster Knights lock Tyrell and Toulouse flanker Faʻasalele both started in the 66-15 first leg victory in Apia.

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MANU SEVENS: The Manu Samoa Sevens team during training at the Apia Park Stadium preparing for the upcoming Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Fransisco. Photos: Iain Photo: Iain McGregor/Samoa ObserverRugby. Sport.

Manu Sevens named for World Cup

Manu Samoa Sevens Coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens, has named his side for the upcoming Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco on the 20-22 July. The team was announced yesterday.

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Next Wales head coach Wayne Pivac speaks during a press conference at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Monday, July 9, 2018.

Another Kiwi to replace Gatland as Wales coach after RWC

The fourth New Zealander to become Wales rugby coach says he's been immersed in the principality so long that, "I feel as if I am a Welsh coach."

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Boxing

Britain's Anthony Joshua, rear, tries to hit New Zealand's Joseph Parker during their heavyweight title bout in Cardiff, Wales.

Anthony Joshua can't escape talk of Deontay Wilder

Anthony Joshua was welcomed by applause on the stage. He stood front and center, promoting his Sept. 22 bout against Alexander Povetkin.

NFL

UCLA's Josh Rosen, right, gestures next to commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Mayfield goes 1st to begin rush to get QBs in NFL draft

The Cleveland Browns' long search for a franchise quarterback has led them to Baker Mayfield — the first of four passers to be drafted in the top 10 Thursday night.

Football

Live stream: Samoa U-16 Boy's football take on Tonga

After winning its first two games in the Preliminary Championship convincingly. Samoa will play its final match against host Tonga today.

Basketball

The Philippines' Jason William, centre, jumps to hit Australia's Daniel Kickert centre left as others rush to break the brawl during the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Philippine Arena in suburban Bocaue township, Bulacan province n

Wild brawl mars Australia-Philippines basketball game

Basketball's international governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines after a wild brawl that included Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker broke out in their Basketball World Cup qualifying game Monday.

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