READY AND RARING: Shaun Edwards and Captain Jamie Roberts at Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel talking up their chances.

Wales chase Samoa history

Wales are raring and ready to go ahead of tonight’s clash at Apia Park. Captain Jamie Roberts told the Samoa Observer his men are as prepared as they can be and now it’s just a matter of getting out there and giving it their best.

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Japan's Ryuji Noguchi dives for a try while being tackled by Ireland's Keith Earls in a test in Shizuoka, southwest of Tokyo, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Ireland makes 6 changes for test against Japan

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt made six changes to his starting lineup to face Japan in Saturday's rugby test, the final of the visitor's three-match summer tour.

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Auckland Blues winger Rieko Ioane scores a try against the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park in Auckland.

Ioane fulfills dream with test start against Lions

Success in international rugby has come quickly to winger Rieko Ioane who will make his first test start for the All Blacks in Saturday's first test against the British and Irish Lions.

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Coach refuses to buy into weakened Wales claims

“They’re a team to be highly respected, they’re very fit, young and energetic. Led well by Jamie Roberts who has been around and knows what it’s like at test level. So I obviously have a lot of respect for the Welshmen. And it’s their last test match so they’ll be looking to finish on a high.”

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The British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland, right, and captain Sam Warburton answer questions during a press conference in Auckland.

O'Mahony to captain Lions in 1st test vs. New Zealand

Ireland flanker Peter O'Mahony will captain the British and Irish Lions in the first test against New Zealand on Saturday, assuming the leadership from tour captain Sam Warburton who starts on the bench.

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BACK TOGETHER: Former Manu Samoa players embrace the occassion to reunite.

P.M. opens up about running Samoan rugby

“Despite enduring many difficult challenges over the years in my career, I can tell you that almost none have been more challenging or satisfying and frustrating at the time than in my roles as Chairman of Samoa Rugby Union,” - Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

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Wales name their team  to play Manu Samoa.

Wales name their team to play Manu Samoa

Ospreys lock Rory Thornton will make his international debut for Wales in Friday's Test match against Samoa at Apia Park.

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British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland greets fans ahead of their rugby match against the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.

Lions coach Gatland cagey on test selection after Chiefs win

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland kept his selection cards close to his chest after his midweek combination beat the Hamilton-based Chiefs 34-6 on Tuesday, four days out from the first test against New Zealand.

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British & Irish Lions halfback Greig Laidlaw passes the ball during their game against the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand, Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

British Lions beat Chiefs 34-6 in last match before 1st test

The British and Irish Lions achieved the first midweek win of their New Zealand tour, beating the Hamilton-based Chiefs 34-6 on Tuesday to bolster morale four days ahead of the first test against the All Blacks.

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Scottish teammates celebrates their win over Australia in their rugby union test match in Sydney, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Cheika posts harsh note on wall, gives Wallabies the message

Michael Cheika is undoubtedly passionate about the game of rugby, which is why the Wallabies' coach decided to pin some "confronting" criticism from a likeminded but disgruntled fan to the wall of the Australian team's dressing room.

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Former All Black Sir Colin Meads reaches up to touch the statue of himself with his wife Verna at the unveiling in Te Kuiti, New Zealand, Monday, June 19, 2017.

All Blacks great Colin Meads honored with statue

As a player, All Blacks legend Colin Meads was always larger than life. Now, a statue considerably more than life size, has been erected in his honor in the main street of his home town of Te Kuiti.

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Wales are in Samoa

WELCOME TO SAMOA: Wales Coach Robin McBryde and their team arrived in Samoa last night. Wales will play against Manu Samoa this Friday at the Apia Park national stadium. They were welcomed last night by employees of Samoa Tourism Authorities.

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Merab Kvirikashvili.

Georgia holds off United States Eagles in 21-17 victory

Merab Kvirikashvili scored one of Georgia's two tries and kicked three penalties and a conversion to help his team hold off the strong-finishing U.S. Eagles 21-17 in a rugby test in the state of Georgia on Saturday.

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British and Irish Lions players are congratulated by the New Zealand Maori after their 32-10 win in Rotorua, New Zealand, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Gatland drafts in reserves for Lions; Donald to lead Chiefs

Ireland hooker Rory Best will captain a British and Irish Lions team which features six uncapped players on the bench on Tuesday against the Hamilton-based Chiefs.

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British and Irish Lions inside center Ben Te'o, left, passes the ball in a tackle during their match against the New Zealand Maori in Rotorua.

Convincing Lions beat New Zealand Maori 32-10

The British and Irish Lions built confidence a week out from the first rugby test against New Zealand when they ground their way to a highly efficient 32-10 win over the New Zealand Maori at Rotorua on Saturday.

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South Africa's captain Warren Whiteley, second from right, is tackled by France's Yoann Huget, second from left, and teammate Brice Dulin, right, during the international rugby union test match between South Africa and France at Loftus Versfeld stadium in

France told off for not following concussion protocols in 6N

France was reprimanded by the Six Nations on Friday for not following head injury assessment protocol in the rugby match with Wales which had 21 minutes of extra time.

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Tongan forward Valentino Mapapalangi attempts to run through Welsh defenders during The Pasifika Challenge Test match between Wales and Tonga at Eden Park in Auckland.

Wales beats Tonga 24-6 in one-off rugby test in Auckland

Winger Alex Cuthbert scored a try after having two disallowed to help under-strength Wales beat Tonga 24-6 in a one-off rugby test at Eden Park on Friday.

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All Blacks inside center Sonny Bill Williams runs at the Manu Samoa defense during the Pasifika Challenge Test match between Manu Samoa and the All Blacks at Eden Park.

New Zealand 78, Samoa 0

New Zealand beat Samoa 78-0 in a rugby test match Friday at Eden Park.

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GO MANU SAMOA: Members of the Samoan community in full support of their Manu Samoa ahead of tonight's test match.

Samoa gets behind the Manu

The Mangere Shopping Centre was painted blue last Saturday morning as large numbers of the Samoan Community turned up to show their support for the Manu Samoa ahead of tonight’s test match against the All Blacks. As part of the 29-day countdown to the Pasifika Challenge, the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U) held community events around Auckland to raise support.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi flanked by retired Manu Samoa players, To’o Vaega, Anetelea Aiolupo, Aiolupo Aukusitino Junior Poluleuligaga, Lama Tone, Andrew Va’a, Malua Tipi, Toko Tofaeono, Sititi Semo and Filipo Levi.

P.M. backs Manu Samoa Old Boys Association

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has expressed the government’s support towards the formation of the Manu Samoa Old Boys Association in Auckland. 

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Boxing

Deontay Wilder reacts after a WBC heavyweight title boxing match Artur Szpilka, of Poland, in New York.

Boxing champion Wilder charged with marijuana possession

Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor marijuana possession, but his lawyer says the marijuana found in his car did not belong to him.

NFL

Johnathan Thurston tackles Blake FergusonNSW v Qld State of Origin rugby league match at ANZ Stadium, Homebush Sydney Australia.

1st Origin match: Thurston won't play for Queensland vs NSW

Queensland playmaker Johnathan Thurston has been ruled out of next week's State of Origin rugby league opener against New South Wales due to a shoulder injury.

Football

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos raises the trophy after the Champions League final soccer match between Juventus and Real Madrid at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff.

Ronaldo helps Real Madrid become 1st team to retain CL title

Cristiano Ronaldo capped his greatest year by helping Real Madrid become the first Champions League holder to retain its title, showcasing his enduring scoring qualities in a 4-1 victory over Juventus on Saturday.

Basketball

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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