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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We want to thank our country and our people for the support.

S.R.U facing tough battle to keep Manu relevant on world stage

The Samoa Rugby Union are doing their best to stay afloat in an increasingly competitive sporting environment. That’s what S.R.U CEO Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai told the Samoa Observer.

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S.R.U. C.E.O., Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai

RWC2019 number one on SRU agenda

The Samoa Rugby Union have their sights set firmly on the Rugby World Cup in Japan. CEO Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai said that’s their primary focus for 2019.

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FLE - In this Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Australia's head coach Michael Cheika watches his players warm-up before the rugby union international between England and Australia at Twickenham in London. Rugby Australia has confirmed Cheika will lead Australia

Michael Cheika to stay as Wallabies coach through World Cup

Rugby Australia has confirmed Michael Cheika will lead Australia to next year's World Cup but from now on will work under the supervision of Scott Johnson, who takes a new role as Australia's director of rugby.

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Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year winner Black Ferns Kendra Cocksedge.2018 NZ Rugby Awards.

Cocksedge makes history as 1st woman named Player of Year

Black Ferns scrumhalf Kendra Cocksedge has made history as the first woman to be named New Zealand Rugby Player of the Year.

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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 file photo, New Zealand rugby coach Steve Hansen walks on the field before the rugby union international match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham stadium in London. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will step

Search begins for next All Blacks coach

The most sought-after coaching position in world rugby became available Friday when All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen announced he will step down after the 2019 World Cup.

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Samoaía head coach Sir Gordon Tietjens, Day 1, World Rugby Sevens series, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Saturday, 28 January, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz

Tietjens impressed by Samoa 7s newcomers

Manu Samoa 7s coach Sir Gordon Tietjens is pleased with the performance of his side through the first two rounds of the World Rugby Sevens Series. Samoa finished 9th in Dubai and 10th in Cape Town, leaving them 10th in the overall standings of the ten-round competition.

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Samoa 10th at Cape Town Sevens

Samoa 7s played in the Challenge final yesterday/this morning for the second World Rugby Sevens Series event in a row. However after last week’s 9th place finish in Dubai, Samoa finished 10th overall having lost their final 14-38 to Argentina.

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Fiji wins Cape Town Rugby Sevens as US falls in final again

Fiji capitalized on mistake after mistake by the United States to win the Cape Town World Rugby Sevens 29-15 on Sunday, sending the Americans to a second straight defeat in a final at the start of the season.

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Points difference costs Samoa 7s Cup quarterfinal in Cape Town

For the second week in a row, Samoa were unlucky to finish third in their World Rugby Sevens Series pool. Once again they ended Day One on seven points, equal with the first and second teams in their pool.

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Boxing

Dereck Chisora, left, is knocked out by Dillian Whyte during a heavyweight boxing bout Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in London. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

Whyte KOs Chisora in round 11 of heavyweight fight

Dillian Whyte stopped Dereck Chisora in the 11th round of an all-British heavyweight bout at the 02 Arena on Saturday to make a claim to be Anthony Joshua's next challenger.

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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