BACK IN THE FOLD: Siaosi Asofolau.

Asofolau, Tupou and Perez back for Manu Samoa Sevens

Manu Samoa Sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens has named his squad for the Hamilton and Sydney legs of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens. The team sees the return of a couple of old names in Alatasi Tupou, Siaosi Asofolau and Joe Perez.

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Iosefatu Mareko (second from left) in front of his family home in Puipaa with (L-R) father Pagamalie Tesimale Pagamalie, mother Seleue Pagamalie and sister Yaitai Tesimale. Photo: Thomas Airey.

Rugby talent heading to Japan on uni scholarship to help family

Loose forward Iosefatu Mareko of Rugby Academy Samoa is leaving for Japan on Wednesday to take up a four year rugby scholarship at Nihon University in Tokyo.

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Mahonri Schwalger (green hat) at Rugby Academy Samoa training.

Schwalger: overseas opportunities best pathway to Manu Samoa

Former Manu Samoa captain and hooker Mahonri Schwalger is working to develop the best young rugby talents in the country and get them opportunities overseas, as executive director of Rugby Academy Samoa.

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FRANKIE SEVENS LEG 1 CHAMPIONS: Frankie Tama Uli Salelologa.

National champs open Savaii 7s series with win

Defending national 7s champions Tama Uli Salelologa have got their 2019 season off to the perfect start by winning the first leg of the Frankie 7s at Don Bosco Field in Savaii yesterday.

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Sevens tournament held to revive sports in Lefaga

The Lefaga Rugby Union held a sevens tournament in the district for the first time in two years yesterday at Lefaga College field in Savaia.

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GAME TIME: The BBE Vaiala Ulalei senior A’s and Apia Maroons during their match yesterday.

Vaiala barely overcome spirited Maroons challenge to retain Shield

BBE Vaiala Ulalei senior A’s triumphed 16-15 over Apia Maroons in a classic Apia Rugby Union Shield match yesterday at Tuanaimato.

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S.R.U’s Chief Executive Officer, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i and Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

S.R.U. doing better financially, but “not out of the woods yet”

Samoa Rugby Union chief executive officer Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i said despite progress being made, there are still financial issues from the past that need to be addressed.

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Kelvin Masoe of Frankie Tama Uli Salelologa breaks free at last year’s tournament.

Frankie 7s the start of Savaii club rugby season

Rugby in Savaii kicks off tomorrow with the first leg of the Frankie 7s tournament, organised by the Fa’asaleleaga Rugby Union.

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“BUSINESS AS USUAL”: Samoa Rugby Union CEO Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i.

S.R.U C.E.O. - “Business as usual” in spite of G.M. resignation

Samoa Rugby Union CEO Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i said the departure of general manager of High Performance Zane Hilton shouldn’t be too much of an issue for the Union. Hilton resigned this week from the role, which involves overseeing the performance and direction of Samoa’s national teams. But Faleomavaega said next person in the job will just pick up where he left off.

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Manu Samoa and Bristol centre Alapati Leiua.

Contract extensions for Manu duo at Bristol continue Samoan connection

Bristol Bears rugby coach and former Manu Samoa international Pat Lam said bringing in Samoan and Polynesian players wasn’t a conscious decision, but it is one that’s paying dividends.

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IN ACTION: Vaiala Rugby Club at their trainings.

Blackies relieved to have big early win in the bag

Vaiala Rugby Club are glad to have opened their Apia Rugby Union season with a big game against rivals Moata’a.

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MANU SAMOA COACH: Steve Jackson.

Coach Jackson: Hilton was key to Manu World Cup recruitment

Manu Samoa coach Steve Jackson has praised the work of outgoing Samoa Rugby Union General Manager of High Performance Zane Hilton.

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Sam Underhill of England breaks with the ball during England v New Zealand.

England flanker Underhill to miss 6 Nations after ankle op

England flanker Sam Underhill will miss the Six Nations after an ankle operation.

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British and Irish Lions forward Taulupe Faletau catches a ball during a training session in in Christchurch.

Wales No 8 Faletau to miss 6N after breaking forearm again

Wales No. 8 Taulupe Faletau has broken his right forearm for the second time in three months and will likely miss the Six Nations.

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The Samoa 7s team captain, David Afamasaga and team training for the next Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton.

Captain Afamasaga not resting on his laurels

Samoa captain David Afamasaga said “no one’s spot is safe” including his own heading into the next round of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton on January 26th and 27th.

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BUILDING CONSISTENCY: Samoa Rugby 7’s head coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens.

Tietjens prizing experience in picking Hamilton Sevens squad

The Samoa rugby 7s squad for the next round of the World Series in Hamilton will be selected today.

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Arran Rogers at national team training.

Touch a family affair for Rogers siblings

Touch-playing siblings Samantha (23) and Arran Rogers (19) are fighting to go to the Touch World Cup together.

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Masuisuimatamaalii (Sui) Pauaraisa (second from right) leads the Manu Sina team during training.

Dual-international Pauaraisa wants to keep giving back to Samoa

“We’re so strong not just physically but mentally, so eager and fierce.” That’s how Manu Sina captain Masuisuimatamaalii (Sui) Pauaraisa, 31, describes Samoan women.

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Reigning Apia Rugby Union champions Moata’a Rugby Club.

Moata’a-Vaiala derby the key fixture in Apia Rugby Union Week One

The clash between reigning champions Moata’a and Shield holders Vaiala highlights the first round of the 2019 Apia Rugby Union club season, kicking off today at the Tuanaimato fields.

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Leicester Tigers Manu Tuilagi in action.

Tuilagi scores to snap eight game losing streak for Leicester

The northern hemisphere rugby season continues over the festive period, with games either side of Christmas and New Year.

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Boxing

Manny Pacquiao, right, hits Adrien Broner during their WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Pacquiao dominates in retaining title against Broner

Manny Pacquiao showed Saturday night he's still got plenty of fight for a fighter on the wrong side of 40.

NFL

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jordan Mailata, of Australia, heads off the field after an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team's training facility in Philadelphia. Mailata has made the cut for the Super Bowl

Too big for rugby, Eagles tackle Mailata is ready for NFL

He can laugh about it now, the concept of being "too big" that led him on this extraordinary journey to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Football

Manchester City's coach Pep Guardiola talks to his player Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Jesus keeps up scoring spree, Man City beats Wolves 3-0

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is keeping a close eye on Gabriel Jesus now the young striker's family are no longer with him in England.

Basketball

Phoenix Suns guard Mike James (55) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, in Phoenix.

US basketball player says Milan police racially profiled him

American basketball player Mike James says he was racially profiled by Milan police who pointed guns at him and two friends after being stopped on the street — a claim that police deny.

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