Highlanders beat Chiefs 30-27 in Super Rugby opener

All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith came off the bench to score a try with four minutes remaining as the 14-man Highlanders rallied to beat the Chiefs 30-27 Friday in the opening match of the Super Rugby season.

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Lefaga win over Scopa highlights morning at Marist Sevens

Defending champions Auckland Marist Samoa, Vaiala, Tepatasi, Mountfort Brothers and Tama Uli Salelologa all made strong starts on the morning of Day One at the Marist International Sevens Tournament.

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SPONSORSHIP: (from left)SSAB Marketing manager Asomua Asia Stanley, SSAB CEO Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai, Marist Sports club President Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio and Tournament Director Fata Brian Kaio.

SSAB steps up for Marist Sevens

SSAB is again one of the major sponsors of the Vailima Marist International Rugby Sevens Tournament 2019.

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(L-R) Tournament director Fata Brian Kaio, AST SCOPA players Pio Tuwai and Nacanieli Batina, Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club president Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio, SCOPA player Joeli Lutumailagi and SCOPA’s Lilomaiava Filia Iosefa. Photo: Thomas Airey.

Defending Marist champs pass on knowledge

Defending Marist International Sevens Tournament champions Auckland Marist Samoa arrived in the country on Wednesday to win their fourth consecutive title, but also to share their knowledge with the players at St Joseph’s College in Alafua.

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St Joseph’s College rugby players run drills under the watchful eye of Auckland Marist Samoa player Epeli Lotawa (left).

Marist Sevens trip to grow women’s rugby in Northland

Te Tai Tokerau, the first women’s rugby side from Northland, New Zealand to ever travel abroad, will play their first match at the Marist International Sevens Tournament this morning against local champions Apia Maroons.

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Christchurch Women’s Rugby captain Cassie Siataga with the Glen Feaunati Cup.

Christchurch players pushing for national team at Marist

Samoa United of Christchurch, New Zealand have come to the Marist International Sevens Tournament, held today and tomorrow at ACP Stadium in Lotopa, because of the platform and exposure it will provide their players.

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BULA AND TALOFA: Pio Tuwai, Joeli Lutumailagi, and  Nacanieli Batina arrive at Faleolo airport yesterday.

SCOPA flies in Fijian secret weapons

Former Fiji national team sevens players Pio Tuwai and Joeli Lutumailagi, and wider squad member Nacanieli Batina, arrived in Samoa yesterday to link up with the AST SCOPA Rugby Club ahead of the Vailima Marist International Sevens Tournament this Friday and Saturday.

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Auckland Samoa presented jerseys donated by the Counties-Manukau Rugby Union to Leififi College players after their coaching clinic there on Tuesday morning.

Auckland Samoa here to grow women’s rugby

Defending champions Auckland Samoa Women’s Rugby are on the island with a greater purpose than just competing in the Vailima Marist International Sevens Tournament.

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GAME TIME: Auckland Samoa and the Lepea team at the ACP Stadium, Lotopa on Tuesday evening.

Lepea vs Auckland in historic friendly

Auckland Samoa defeated Lepea 27-5 at ACP Stadium, Lotopa on Tuesday evening, in a friendly 15s game between the two women’s rugby sides as a warmup to the Vailima Marist International Sevens Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

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England's Mako Vunipola during a rugby training session in Bagshot.

England prop Mako Vunipola to miss rest of 6 Nations injured

England prop Mako Vunipola will miss the rest of the Six Nations after damaging left ankle ligaments in the thrashing of France last weekend.

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Jordan Taufua of the Crusaders during a captains run training session held at AMI Stadium, Christchurch. 12 February 2015 Photo: Joseph Johnson / www.photosport.co.nz

Interest still high in playing for Manu Samoa

Manu Samoa coach Steve Jackson has a growing list of about 70 players he is keeping tabs on in selecting his final list of 31 for the Rugby World Cup.

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Manu coach in Samoa to begin R.W.C. campaign

Manu Samoa coach Steve Jackson is glad to be back in Samoa for what will be an exciting year preparing for the Rugby World Cup in Japan in September and October. 

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England's Jonny May, right, breaks clear to score his second try of the game during the Six Nations rugby union match against France, at Twickenham Stadium, London, Sunday Feb. 10, 2019. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday: France routed by England in 6Nations

Two rounds into the Six Nations, only two teams remain unbeaten. And they meet next.

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SCOPA rugby team keep the shield in a 25-22 point win over Vailele in the fifth round of the Taula Apia Rugby Union yesterday at Tuanaimato.

SCOPA keep Shield, Momentum into Marist Sevens break

AST SCOPA have retained the Senior A Shield with a 25-22 win over Vailele in the fifth round of the Taula Apia Rugby Union yesterday at Tuanaimato.

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Wales' Thomas Young, right, is tackled by Italy's Sergio Parisse during the Six Nations rugby union international between Italy and Wales, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

6N: Wales equals wins record after Italy scare in Rome

Wales equaled its century-old national record for consecutive wins after overcoming a plucky Italy side 26-15 in Six Nations rugby on Saturday.

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Ireland's Bundee Aki, centre, in action against Scotland, during the Six Nations Championship rugby match at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday Feb. 9, 2019. (Ian Rutherford/PA via AP)

6N: Ireland rebounds to beat Scotland 22-13 at Murrayfield

Ireland kept alive its Six Nations title defense at Murrayfield by grinding down Scotland 22-13 on Saturday.

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Scotland's Sean Maitland left, is grabbed by Italy's Giulio Bisegni during the Six Nations rugby union match between Italy and Scotland.

6N: Ireland is coming and Scotland looking for another upset

Scotland smells blood in the water. Watching Ireland get cut down by England last weekend in Dublin, of all places, has given Scotland a fresh jolt that it can upset the Irish on Saturday in the Six Nations for a second straight time at Murrayfield.

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The Welsh pack bind for a scrum during the Six Nations rugby union international between France and Wales.

6N: Wales and Italy tipped to keep streaks intact in Rome

Two teams on streaks come together in Rome on Saturday.

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England players embrace during the Six Nations rugby union international between Ireland and England.

6N: England starting Ashton, France recall Bastareaud

England is starting winger Chris Ashton in the Six Nations for the first time in six years, while France has recalled center Mathieu Bastareaud for their clash on Sunday at Twickenham.

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Tama Uli Salelologa won the 3rd Leg of the Frankie Savaii 7s, as well as the overall tournament last weekend.

Samoan champions fasting for sevens success

Frankie Tama Uli Salelologa are hoping for a strong showing at the Marist International Sevens next weekend (February 15th-16th), having found a “secret weapon” last year that has driven the team’s recent sevens rugby success.

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Jai Opetaia gives back through boxing clinic

Samoan-Australian champion boxer, Jai Opetaia, gave back to the community by giving a boxing lesson yesterday for the kids at Inga’s Gym, Sinamoga. “Today is about the kids,” he said. “We’re just coming here to have training with the kids and have a laugh and enjoy so it’s actually exciting for them to see what we got for them in the bag.”


New England Patriots' David Andrews (60) picks up Tom Brady (12) after the Patriots scored a touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Patriots beat Rams 13-3 in lowest scoring Super Bowl ever

Super it wasn't — until the drive that won New England its record-tying sixth Super Bowl.


Kiwi FC leave the field after their 9-1 win over Lotoha’apai United in the Cook Islands.

Kiwi FC back into training having advanced in Champions League

Kiwi FC had their first session back at training yesterday having returned from a successful trip to the Cook Islands for the OFC Champions League qualifying tournament.


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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