Australia and New Zealand have been hit by team defections ahead of the Rugby League World Cup as leading players quit the Kangaroos and Kiwis to play for Tonga.
Ex-Australia test forward Josh Papalii will make his debut for Samoa after being selected in the country's 24-man squad on Friday for the Rugby League World Cup.
Frank Pritchard will captain Toa Samoa at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup after being named in a 24-man squad which includes Canberra Raiders powerhouse Josh Papalii. Rugby League Samoa president Tagaloa Faafouina Su'a announced the squad in Samoa today for the tournament, which will be played in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea between 27 October and 2 December.
Toa Samoa could have Josh Papali’i in their Rugby League World Cup squad. Papalii is eligible to play for Samoa after he was axed from the Australian Kangaroos squad. And he could join a long list of Raiders lining up for second-tier countries despite their Australian absence.
The Melbourne Storm ended a dominating season with an almost routine 34-6 win over the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League grand final on Sunday.
The Football Federation Samoa has kick started another exciting local tournament. The Upolu National League features teams from Upolu competing for the top prize.
A group from a top basketball Academy in Brisbane Australia is in Samoa. The team from the, Brian Kerle Academy, arrived last week and they have been busy visiting schools and various community groups to interact and conduct training clinics.
After just making the National Rugby League playoffs as the eighth and last qualifying team, the North Queensland Cowboys are into the grand final against the first-place Melbourne Storm.
The Women’s 7’s tournament kicked off yesterday at the Samoa Rugby Union field in Tuanaimato. Six teams had registered but one team pulled out just before the tournament started yesterday morning, according to the Women’s Development Officer, Avii Faalupega.
Football Federation Samoa hosted Prize Giving on Saturday 16th September at its premises to conclude the annual Youth League tournament which started in April of this year.
Aucklander Brendon Madden-Smith was crowned champion of the Ford Tour of Samoa on Saturday. He is the overall winner under combined general classification for the tour. In the women’s race Rebecca Marley was crowned women’s champion for the third time.
The Wallabies have a chance to administer a shot in the arm to Australian rugby when they play the All Blacks in the third Bledisloe Cup test at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.
Kubrat Pulev has pulled out of his world heavyweight title fight against IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua because of a shoulder injury. Joshua will now face Carlos Takam, who is rated No. 3 by the IBF.
President Donald Trump is putting pro football players on notice for Week 4 of the NFL season: He won't stand for it if they kneel in protest during the national anthem.
The Samoa Women’s Futsal team returned with a Bronze Medal from the Oceania Football Confederation O.F.C. Youth Futsal tournament held in Auckland, New Zealand, last week. Samoa both competed in the Men’s and Women’s divisions of the O.F.C. Futsal tournament.
Samoa enters this year’s F.I.B.A. U18 Oceania Championships aiming to improve on a promising performance in the 2014 tournament, and a lot of their fortunes will be placed on the shoulders of Linda Kelsall
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