Samoa outfought England to clinch the gold medal in the boys event ©Getty Images

Samoa take gold at CYG rugby sevens

In a year which had produced little but ongoing disappointment by Manu Samoa for Samoan rugby fans, Samoa’s Commonwealth Youth team has restored some hope and plenty of pride at the 2017 Games. 

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Malakai Fenitoa.

All Blacks center Fekitoa joining Toulon next season

All Blacks center Malakai Fekitoa is joining three-time European champion Toulon next season.

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Ardie Savea of the Hurricanes.

Hurricanes beat Brumbies 35-16 in Super Rugby quarterfinals

Hooker Dane Coles had a critical hand in a match of comebacks, helping defending champions the Hurricanes beat the ACT Brumbies 35-16 in the first Super Rugby quarterfinal on Friday.

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Sonny Bill Williams.

All Blacks want Sonny Bill Williams for Bledisloe Cup

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is confident center Sonny Bill Williams will have completed a four-match suspension in time to play in the first Bledisloe Cup test against Australia next month.

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South Africa's Lionel Mapoe, left, is tackled by Australia's Quade Cooper, top right, and teammate Bernard Foley, during the Rugby Championship match between South Africa and Australia.

Quade Cooper omitted from Wallabies training squad

Quade Cooper has been omitted from Australia's 38-man training squad for the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup, raising questions about the future test prospects of the flashy but often unpredictable playmaker.

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Brumbies player Christian Leali’ifano.

Cancer survivor Leali'ifano back for Brumbies in playoffs

Christian Leali'ifano has been selected on the reserves bench for the Brumbies in the Super Rugby playoffs, less than a year after being diagnosed with leukemia.

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Hurricanes Ardie Savea charges the ball forward during the round 17 Super Rugby match. Hurricanes v Crusaders.

Super Rugby: Lions steal top spot after Crusaders loss

The Lions snatched top spot in the Super Rugby standings in the last game of the regular season on Saturday, beating the Sharks and taking advantage of the Crusaders' first loss of the season to jump ahead of them and earn the top seeding for the playoffs.

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Tonga fans.

Tonga qualifies for 2019 RWC after Fiji beats Samoa

Tonga qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after Fiji beat Samoa 38-16 in the final match of the Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday.

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PACIFIC NATIONS CUP WINNERS: Flying Fijians beat Manu Samoa 38-16 at the Apia Park yesterday.

Fijians dash hopes of Manu Samoa

Henry Senioli starred for the Flying Fijians to dash the hopes and dreams of our beloved Manu Samoa at Apia Park on Saturday afternoon.

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Samoa had five points, meaning a bonus point, a draw or a win would have taken them to the World Cup.

Fiji beats Samoa 38-16 in Pacific Nations Cup

Scrumhalf Henry Seniloli scored a hattrick of tries as Fiji beat Samoa 38-16 in the final match of the Pacific Nations Cup Saturday to propel Tonga into the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Center Jale Vatubua and replacement Api Ratuniyawara also scored tries as Fiji ran away from Samoa after trailing 16-14 at halftime.

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Tevita Li of the Highlanders in action during the Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds, held at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.

Highlanders beat Reds 40-17 in Super Rugby to reach last 8

The Highlanders took their place among Super Rugby's quarterfinalists by beating the Queensland Reds 40-17 in the final round of the regular season on Friday.

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Manu Samoa and the Flying Fijian’s captains.

The Captains photo shoot with the Pacific Nations Cup

The Webb Ellis Cup was the main feature at the Captains Photo Shoot with Manu Samoa Captain David Lemi and Flying Fijians Captain Akapusi Qera at the Taumeasina Island Resort.

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Referee Roman Poite gestures as he talks to New Zealand captain Kieran Read during the third and final rugby test between the British and Irish Lions and the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, July 8, 2017.

All Blacks to bolster NZ teams in Super Rugby's last round

As many as a dozen All Blacks who played in last weekend's third test against the British and Irish Lions will line up for either the Crusaders or Hurricanes on Saturday in a crucial New Zealand derby in the last round of the Super Rugby regular season.

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Manu Samoa Captain David Lemi and team players during training session.

Manu Samoa team named for Fiji

Manu Samoa Head Coach, Namulauulu Alama Ieremia has named his team for the final match of the June/July test window. This doubles up as the Oceania Rugby World Cup qualifier over 2016/17 results and the 2017 Pacific Nations Cup.

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WELCOME TO SAMOA: His Highness, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and her Highness Masiofo Filifilia welcomed the Flying Fijians yesterday.

We are family, says Head of State

His Highness the Head of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi greeted the Flying Fijians team management at his home, Tuaefu with the warmest of welcomes. “Well we are keen to welcome you to my home as family,” His Highness told the visiting coach and team members yesterday morning.

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Lions replacement prop Kyle Sinckler leaves the field following the first rugby test between the British and Irish Lions and the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland.

British & Irish Lions prop Sinckler arrested after 3rd test

New Zealand police say British and Irish Lions prop Kyle Sinckler was arrested for "minor disorder" hours after Saturday's third rugby test against the All Blacks in Auckland but was released without charge.

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In this image made from video, British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland wears a red nose to the post match press conference following the third and final rugby test between the British and Irish Lions and the All Blacks.

Lions coach Warren Gatland a happy man after drawn series

With a plastic clown nose perched above a wry smile, it was hard to find a happier man at Eden Park on Saturday than British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland.

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South Africa's Christopher Anthony Cloete of the Southern Kings holds on to the ball during their Super Rugby match against Japan's Sunwolves, in Singapore.

Super Rugby: Departing Kings beat Bulls, win some respect

The three newest teams in Super Rugby won some respect on Saturday, although in the case of the Southern Kings a thrilling win over three-time champions the Bulls was in vain as it came a day after it was confirmed they will be axed from the competition next season.

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New Zealand captain Kieran Read runs at the defense during the third and final rugby test between the British and Irish Lions and the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland.

Kieran Read left with mixed feelings after 100th test

All Blacks captain Kieran Read hoped to celebrate his 100th test match with a win which would clinch a series victory over the British and Irish Lions.

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Lions inside centre Owen Farrell reacts after kicking penalty to tie the match during the third and final rugby test between the British and Irish Lions and the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland.

All Blacks, British Lions draw 3rd test 15-15, share series

New Zealand and the British and Irish Lions played out a 15-15 draw in the third test on Saturday, with a compelling three-test series ending in a bitter stalemate.

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UFC president Dana White, center, intervenes as boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor exchange words during a news conference at Staples Center Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Mayweather-McGregor promo tour gets off to frenzied start

Floyd Mayweather Jr. reached into a backpack and held out a $100 million check for the crowd of 11,000 fight fans to see.


Queensland's Aidean Guerra tackles Aaron Woods of NSW during game 1 of the State of Origin rugby league, Queensland Reds v New South Wales, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia. 31 May 2017.

Hunt, Munster in for Maroons; Blues unchanged for Origin 3

Brisbane Broncos halfback Ben Hunt and Melbourne Storm playmaker Cameron Munster have been called in to the Queensland squad to replace injured stars Johnathan Thurston and Darius Boyd for next week's series-deciding State of Origin match against New South Wales.


Manchester United's Wayne Rooney leaves the field after the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Liverpool.

Rooney rejoins Everton after 13 years at Manchester United

Wayne Rooney rejoined boyhood club Everton on Sunday after 13 years at Manchester United, leaving English soccer's biggest club as its record scorer having won every major trophy.


Kelsall hails from the villages of Fagalii, Letogo, and Vailele

Samoan basketball star ready for Oceania

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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