FORMER AND NEW SAMOA UNDER 20 HEAD COACH:  Fa’aofo Junior Leota and Mase Mahonri Schwalger.

Schwalger head coach of Baby Manu Samoa

The Samoa Rugby Union has appointed Mase Mahonri Schwalger as Samoa Under 20 Head Coach following the resignation of Junior Leota. 

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Charles Rankin in action at the Squash Courts at Tuainaimato.

Great kickoff for Squash Business tournament

Eight companies have come on board in what has been dubbed the largest turnout out thus far. 

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RUGBY: Showing that girls don’t just want to have fun, these girls from the rural areas showed some impressive skills according to Development Officer, Avi’i Fa’alupega.

S.R.U. focus on women in rugby

“One of the major goals of this programme is to develop and promote female rugby in the country." - Avi’i Fa’alupega the Women Development Officer at S.R.U.

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WBO heavyweight boxing champion, Joseph Parker (R) and Romania's Razvan Cojanu in action during the WBO World Heavyweight Title Fight.

Parker retains WBO heavyweight title with win on points

Joseph Parker won his first defense of the WBO heavyweight title on points over replacement challenger Razvan Cojanu on Saturday. The New Zealander did not impress but won comfortably on all three cards, with the judges scoring it 119-108, 117-110, and 117-110 in Auckland.

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Samoan fans in support.

England, Tonga, Papua New Guinea win rugby league matches

Tries to Ryan Hall and Stefan Ratchford gave England a 14-0 halftime lead on its way to a 30-10 win over Samoa in a rugby league international at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday.

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O AI LE TOA: Sauaso Sue and his Toa Samoa teammates ahead of tonight’s clash.

Samoa’s Sue reflects on career highlight

Toa Samoa enforcer Sauaso Sue still gets goosebumps when he remembers the build-up to last year’s grudge match against Tonga at Pirtek Stadium. 

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Jason Taumalolo picked up by Trent MerrinKangaroos v Kiwis, international rugby league, ANZAC test match, New Zealand v Australia, GIO Stadium, Canberra, Australia. 5 May 2017.

Kangaroos notch 100th win over Kiwis in rugby league

Australia helped captain Cameron Smith celebrate his 50th rugby league test by beating New Zealand 30-12 on Friday for a 100th victory over their trans-Tasman rival.

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Feala Pula cuts one away for Samoa

All round performance from Pula secures Samoa’s third win

Samoa have returned to the top of the table with their third straight win at the 2018 I.C.C. Women’s World T20 – East Asia-Pacific Qualifier 2017 in Sano, Japan. 

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Justin Carney.

Australian winger gets 8-game ban for racial abuse

Australian rugby league winger Justin Carney has been banned for eight games for racially abusing a black opponent while playing for British team Salford Red Devils.

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Jarrod Mullen.

Australian NRL player Jarrod Mullen gets 4-year doping ban

Former Newcastle Knights halfback Jarrod Mullen has been suspended for four years for testing positive to an anabolic steroid, all but ending his National Rugby League career.

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Semi Radradra.

Radradra to continue NRL career after charges dropped

Fiji-born Australia winger Semi Radradra is expected to finish the National Rugby League season with Parramatta before moving to France to fulfill a rugby union contract with Toulon after domestic violence charges against him were dropped.

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LEARNING CURVE: Samoa took a tough loss against Australia.

Samoa U20’s lose opener

Samoa is off to a poor start at the Oceania Rugby Championships. Samoa’s U’20s team lost their opener against Australia with a final score of 43-20. 

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Josh Papalii (C of the Kangaroos is tackled by Greg Eastwood (L) and Lewis Brown of the Kiwis.

Papalii gets NRL ban on top of Kangaroos demotion

Josh Papalii has been banned for one National Rugby League match by his Canberra club on top of being dropped from Australia's squad for this week's test against New Zealand after pleading guilty to a drink-driving charge.

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TRY TIME: An athlete expertly dodges the opposition for a try.

Learning skills, having fun

Saturday, was the kick off of the Rugby Academy Samoa’s R.A.S. TAG tournament. The four week tournament fielded a number of future rugby stars starting at the age of five. 

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Russell Packer in action.

Russell Packer recalled to Kiwis team for Australia test

Prop Russell Packer has been recalled to the New Zealand rugby league team after a six-year absence for Friday's one-off test against Australia in Canberra.

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Josh Papalii (C of the Kangaroos is tackled by Greg Eastwood (L) and Lewis Brown of the Kiwis during the Four Nations Final, Kiwis v Kangaroos rugby league match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday the 15th of November 2014.

Prop Papalii cut from Kangaroos squad for drink driving

Josh Papalii has been cut from Australia's squad for a rugby league test against New Zealand next week after pleading guilty to a charge of drink driving.

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AND THEY’RE AWAY: Let the race begin.

Local paddlers gear up for Tahiti

Twenty paddlers from four different clubs tackled an 18km V1 race last week Saturday.

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Serena Williams holds up a finger and her trophy after defeating her sister, Venus, in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

Serena Williams speaks out against Ilie Nastase

Serena Williams has spoken out in response to suspended Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase's comments speculating about the skin color of the baby the pregnant Williams is expecting.

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Melbourne Storm fans.

Storm return to top of NRL standings; Roosters edge Dragons

Melbourne returned to the top of the National Rugby League standings with 20-14 comeback win over the New Zealand Warriors in the last game of the eighth round.

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Samoa’s Women’s Cricket Team.

Samoa’s Women’s Cricket Team ready for the International Cricket Council (ICC) East Asia Pacific

Samoa will compete in the International Cricket Council (ICC) and East Asia Pacific (EAP) Women’s trophy that will be held in Japan from the 26th April to the 5th May 2017.

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Rugby

The Llanelli Warriors look fearless before facing the tough Samoan club.

Rugby has no limits

Welsh mixed ability team are embraced by incredible Samoan hospitality 


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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