Taulupe Faletau

Wales star Faletau set to miss 6 Nations after knee injury

Wales No. 8 Taulupe Faletau will likely miss the Six Nations after tearing a ligament in his left knee. Faletau was hurt while playing for Bath in a Champions Cup match on Saturday, when he was cleared out of a ruck by Toulon's Mathieu Bastareaud.

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Raelene Castle.

Raelene Castle appointed as Rugby Australia CEO

Raelene Castle will take over as chief executive officer at Rugby Australia next month, becoming the first woman to lead one of the major national unions in world rugby.

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NEW AUCKLAND MITRE 10 COACH: Namualuulu Alama Ieremia.

Namulauulu primed for new role with Auckland Rugby Union

Former Manu Samoa coach, Namulauulu Alama Ieremia, has a new role. He will guide the Auckland Rugby Union’s Mitre 10 Cup team for the next three years. In a statement, Namulauulu says he is primed to take the reins at Auckland.

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Action from the recent test match between Manu Samoa and England where England walked away with millions while Manu Samoa got nothing.

While Samoan rugby struggles financially, England commits T$400m to win World Cup

While rugby in Samoa and Pacific countries struggle with finances and management issues, the big boys of the sport are facing a different challenge. England, for instance, is reported to have already committed unprecedented financial support in their efforts to win the 2019 World Cup, with the ultimate goal of stopping the All Blacks from claiming the Webb Ellis trophy for the third consecutive time.

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The Manu Samoa Sevens celebrate.

Gold after Manu Samoa Sevens overcomes Fiji in Vanuatu

The Manu Samoa Sevens team in Vanuatu is celebrating sweet success. It follows a remarkable 14-7 victory over Fiji in the Cup final at the Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu. 

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GREAT MEMORIES: The 2017 domestic season included the Sevens series sponsored by Bluesky. The Moataa team is pictured here with Melinda Brown of Bluesky.

Cancellation spells end for Union’s domestic rugby in 2017

Samoa’s domestic rugby season has ended prematurely, the Samoa Rugby Union announced yesterday. It follows the cancellation of the Bluesky National 10s tournament last weekend due to bad weather.

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Ma'a Nonu.

Nonu, Vito show interest in Manu Samoa – reports

Ma'a Nonu is reportedly interested in playing for the Manu Samoa at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Although Samoa has yet to secure a spot in the tournament, the Daily Mail reports that Nonu and former All Blacks teammate Victor Vito have signalled interest in playing for Samoa under the proposed changes.

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Former Manu Samoa Sevens player Orene Aii.

Former Manu star calls for consistency in the rules

Former Manu Samoa Sevens player, Orene Aii, has hit out at calls that former All Black players should switch to rugby league if they want to represent Samoa, Tonga or Fiji. 

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Manu Samoa Sevens have touched down in in Cape Town for the second leg of the 2017/18 circuit.

Manu Samoa Sevens touches down in Cape Town

Sir Gordon Tietjens and the Manu Samoa Sevens have touched down in in Cape Town for the second leg of the 2017/18 circuit. Samoa is in Pool D with Canada, Wales and Fiji this weekend. Samoa finished sixth in Dubai last weekend, after losing the plate final to Australia.

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The Wales players celebrate victory over South Africa on the final whistle in the rugby Autumn International at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)

Wales edges Springboks 24-22 to likely end Coetzee reign

The Springboks came back. Allister Coetzee wants to as well. Except, the South Africans ended up losing to Wales 24-22 in their rugby tour closer on Saturday.

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South Africa's players celebrate their victory against New Zealand in the final of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.

South Africa retain Dubai Sevens title, beat NZ in final

South Africa defended the Dubai Sevens rugby title by beating New Zealand 24-12 in the final on Saturday.

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Australia's players celebrate 0-34 victory over the United States in the final of the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 (AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil)

SAfrica, England, Fiji, NZ win Dubai 7s pools on day one

Defending champion South Africa warmed up for the Dubai Sevens rugby quarterfinals with three wins of increasing potency on Friday.

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Tila Mealoi in action for Samoa on the first day of the Dubai Sevens. Photo: HSBC Sevens.

Samoa braces for South Africa in Dubai quarter final

The Manu Samoa Sevens has ticked the box having achieved their goal on the first leg of the HSBC Sevens in Dubai. They have made the quarterfinals despite suffering an early loss to New Zealand in their first game.

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Tila Mealoi and Alatasi Tupou had scored to give the men in blue some breathing space in the first spell.

Samoa blows halftime lead to lose to N.Z.

Promising but not good enough. That’s the verdict after the Manu Samoa Sevens blew a 12-5 lead at half time to sink to New Zealand in their opening game of the Dubai Sevens tonight.

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Alatasi Tupou of the Manu Samoa Sevens lines up against other captains in Dubai.

Manu Samoa Sevens ready for pool of death

It’s that exciting time of the year again for fans of the abbreviated code of rugby. The H.S.B.C World Sevens tournament kicks off tonight in Dubai. Manu Samoa 7s is in a tough pool against the likes of New Zealand, United States of America and Pumas from Argentina in Pool D.

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Manu Samoa players.

More than $34,000 raised for Manu Samoa players

An online fundraiser by the Pacific Rugby Players Welfare (P.R.P.W.) for Manu Samoa players has raised more than  £10,000 (T$34,500). The amount was confirmed in an update from former Manu Samoa captain and the man driving P.R.P.W., Daniel Leo. 

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Australia's Sekope Kepu, number 3 at centre, is shown a red card during the game against Scotland, during their Autumn International rugby union match at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday Nov. 25, 2017. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)

Kepu gets 2-match ban for shoulder charge on Scotland player

Prop Sekope Kepu will miss two Super Rugby matches next season for New South Wales after he was suspended for three weeks for a shoulder charge during the Wallabies' test loss to Scotland last weekend.

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United States player Maka Unufe scores a try against New Zealand during their sevens rugby match at the HSBC USA Sevens rugby tournament on March 05, 2017, at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV.

World Rugby bans messages on strapping in Sevens

World Rugby has confirmed it has introduced rules which ban players from writing messages on strapping worn on their wrists in matches in the Sevens World Series.

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Wales's Jake Ball waves to the crowd as he taken off by the medial cart following an injury during the rugby union international between Wales and New Zealand in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Faletau available for Wales vs Boks; Tipuric, Ball injured

Wales has retained No. 8 Taulupe Faletau but had to release injured fellow forwards Jake Ball and Justin Tipuric for the rugby test against South Africa this weekend.

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The team has been training in Dubai for the past couple of days.

Manu Samoa in good spirits ahead of Dubai Sevens

The Manu Samoa is good spirits ahead of the Dubai Sevens which kicks off the 2017/2018 HSBC Sevens Series this weekend. Samoa is in a tough pool D where they face New Zealand, USA and Argentina. 

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Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko and Britain's Tyson Fury, right, exchange blows in a world heavyweight title fight as Fury wins Klitschko's WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts in the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany.

Fury receives backdated 2-year doping ban, free to box again

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury accepted a backdated two-year doping ban on Tuesday, freeing him to fight again if he regains his boxing license.


New Orleans Saints players kneel down before the U.S. anthem was played for an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 1, 2017.

Trump puts NFL players on notice: Stand for national anthem

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.


Bronze medal for Samoa in Futsal

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.


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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