Copyright photo: Chris Mangnall / www.photosport.nzEngland's Elliott Whitehead  tackled by New Zealand's Isaac Liu and Shaun Johnson.International Rugby League Series - England v New Zealand Kiwis at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England. 4 November 2018.Co

Makinson treble helps England win rugby league series vs NZ

Winger Tom Makinson put on a show with a hat trick of tries for England to beat New Zealand 20-14 at Anfield on Sunday and wrap up their three-test rugby league series with a game to spare.

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Referee Sara Cox ahead of the rugby premiership match between Wasps and Northampton at The Ricoh Arena.

Sara Cox 1st female to referee top-flight English rugby game

Sara Cox has become the first female to referee a top-level English rugby union match. The 28-year-old Cox, who became the world's first female professional rugby referee in 2016, took charge of Northampton's 15-14 Premiership Cup victory at Wasps on Sunday.

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CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 03: Maori All Blacks Ash Dixon (2) runs with the ball in action during the Rugby Weekend match between the New Zealand Maori All Blacks and the USA Eagles on November 3, 2018 at Soldier Field, in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Robin

New Zealand Maori beat United States 59-22

New Zealand Maori scored nine tries to three and overcame three yellow cards to beat the United States 59-22 in a rugby international at Soldier Field on Sunday, stretching their unbeaten record against the USA to five games.

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England's Owen Farrell, left, tackles South Africa's Andre Esterhuizen near the end during the rugby union international between England and South Africa at Twickenham stadium in London.

England's Farrell escapes citing for shoulder-led tackle

Co-captain Owen Farrell escaped a citing on Sunday for his shoulder-led tackle at the end of England's win over South Africa at Twickenham. World Rugby said there were no citings arising from the test following reviews, or from the Wales-Scotland and Ireland-Italy matches on Saturday.

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The current Mr. Samoa 2017, John Lemoa preparing for the South Pacific Bodybuilding Championship.

Bodybuilding team set to take on Championship stage

The Bodybuilding Federation of Samoa (B.B.F.S.) has sent a team to participate in the South Pacific Bodybuilding Championship in Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

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Savai’i Sevens team was crowned champions of the 2018 Bluesky Iva Savaii 7s tournament.

Savai’i Development wins Bluesky Iva Sevens

The Savai’i Sevens team are the champions of the 2018 Bluesky Iva Savaii 7’s Tournament. They defeated Lulu Mai Vini, 26-7, in the final played at Prince Edward Park last Saturday.

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New Zealand's Esan Marsters is tackled by England's Jonny Lomax and John Bateman during the International Friendly at The KCOM Stadium in Hull, England, Saturday Oct. 27, 2018. (Dave Howarth/PA via AP)

England overcome Kiwis 18-16 in rugby league

A 60-meter try by center Oliver Gildart on debut helped England overcome New Zealand 18-16 in the opening match of the three-test rugby league series on Saturday.

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One of the players from Magele and Miracle construction.

Cricket action at Garden Oval

The Samoa International Cricket Association (S.I.C.A.) kickstarted its annual Business House competition last Wednesday at the Garden Oval Cricket Ground, Tuanaimato. 

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TAG WINNERS: Tau Warriors won the Tau Tag 6th one-day tournament.

Tau Warriors win

The Tau Warriors won against Tau Maroons in the final for the open men’s division at the Tau Tag’s sixth one-day tournament on Saturday.

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Then there is the economical factor in exposing the Big Island as a tourism destination and ideal for business investment.

Pacific Games 2019 box on in Savai’i

On the heels of the successful Miss Samoa Pageant staged in Savaii two months ago, the 2019 Pacific Games Organising Committee is following suit banking on the outpour of support from the Big Island to deliver one of the best international sporting event to be staged on the Big Island.

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Pacific Games Council Chief Executive, Andrew Minogue.

“We’re grateful to Samoa”

The Pacific Games Council has nothing but praises for government and the people of Samoa for their support behind the country’s preparations for the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia next July.

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Team Manono are the winners of the Super Kids Super Hit competition, which ran for eight weeks from August 26th 2018.

Team Manono wins “Super Kids Super Hits” competition

Team Manono are the winners of the Super Kids Super Hit competition, which ran for eight weeks from August 26th 2018. 

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Promoting a healthy lifestyle through touch rugby.

Health Business house touch tourney

The Ministry of Health Business House Championship 2018 is set to begin at Saint Joseph’s College on Monday. It is an eight weeks tournament and is organised by Samoa Touch Rugby Incorporated (S.T.R.I.) in partnership with the Ministry of Health (M.O.H.).

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King joins Tongan fans in 34-16 defeat to Australia

Australia crushed the hopes of a nation — and its watching king — when it beat Tonga 34-16 Saturday in their first rugby league test encounter. More than 26,000 Tonga fans — expatriate representatives of a Pacific Island nation with a population of only 104,000 — watched the match at Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium.

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Chairmen and Chief Executives from Tonga, Fiji, PNG, Samoa, the Cook Islands, New Zealand together with senior NRL staff discussed a potential 2019/2020 calendar, incorporating what has previously been known as the Pacific Test.

New era for Pacific rugby league

The Chairman of Rugby League Samoa, Tagaloa Faafouina Su’a joined leaders of Rugby League in the Pacific in Auckland yesterday to agree the future direction of the international game in the region.

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DEVELOPING TOUCH IN RURAL AREAS: An intense game between the Marist team and Team Ato to kick start the one day tournament.  Photo/Misiona Simo

White Sunday holiday with a difference at Nu’uausala

The Nofoalii Touch Rugby Club hosted its third touch rugby tournament at the Nuuausala fields on Monday. Six teams competed in the open men’s division. They are Marist Saints, Blade Runners, Stay Aloof, Nofoalii Swifters, Nofoalii Steppers and Team Ato.

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DEVELOPING OUR OFFICIALS: Local touch rugby referees graduate with Level 1 Badges. Photos / (Samoa Touch Rugby Incorporated).

Hard work pays off for local referees

Fourteen local touch rugby referees have graduated with a Level 1 Badge after a three-day assessment. They are Gerard Anapu, Filoi Eneliko, Atitoa Tau, Risty Fong, Frank Ah Kuoi, Arron Rogers, Alex Mikaele, David Solomona, Tua Toomata, Deejay Fong, Michael Wulf, Mathew Stanley, Ete Tanuvasa, and Malaeloa Filipo Soe.

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Samoa wins World Rugby title

The Samoa A rugby team has created history by winning the World Rugby America’s Pacific Challenge, defeating host nation Uruguay 38-26 in a tough final. Uruguay dominated possession behind their powerful scum to lead 12-10 at halftime, but Samoa’s attacking prowess came through with five tries.

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Kiwis beat Kangaroos 26-24 in rugby league upset

New Zealand rallied then held out a late Kangaroos comeback to beat Australia 26-24 in a rugby league upset on Saturday. Joseph Manu and Brandon Smith scored tries on debut, and Esan Masters, who scored on debut in New Zealand's previous test against England, also touched down during a second half in which the Kiwis outscored the Kangaroos 18-12 after trailing 12-8 at halftime.

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A NEW EXPERIENCE: Players from Oriana Development Academy presenting Rolleston INSPIRE players with gifts before the match started.

New Zealand netball team visits Samoa

New Zealand netball team Rolleston INSPIRE locked horns with Samoa’s Oriana Development Academy at the National University of Samoa gym on Saturday. But the friendly game between the two sides was all in the name of developing further the sport of netball. 

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Rugby

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale scores a try during the rugby union international match between Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, Saturday Nov. 17, 2018. (Niall Carson, PA via AP)

Ireland topple All Blacks 16-9 at home for first time

Ireland is No. 1. At least to New Zealand coach Steve Hansen. His All Blacks, the undisputed No. 1 for nine years, lost to the Irish 16-9 on Saturday for the first time in Dublin. Hansen immediately dubbed Ireland the favorite for the Rugby World Cup next year.

Boxing

Tony Bellew, left, reacts to a blow from Oleksandr Usyk during their cruiserweight boxing bout Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Manchester, England. Usyk successfully defended his four belts and likely sent Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fi

Usyk KOs Bellew in 8th round, retains cruiserweight titles

Undisputed world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk successfully defended his four belts and sent Tony Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fighter in the eighth round in Manchester on Saturday.

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

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner Georgina sit in the stands prior to the Champions League, group H soccer match between Juventus and Young Boys, at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Cristiano Ronaldo denies rape accusations on social media

Cristiano Ronaldo denied the accusations of rape against him, saying Wednesday that he had a "clear conscience" as he awaits the conclusions of an investigation.

Basketball

Teams playing at the Apia Park Gym within the Teuila Festival (Photo Anina Kazaz).

Basketball tournament kicks off

The Samoa Basketball Federation started its four-day tournament at Apia Park gym earlier this week. The various categories competing in the tournament include open women and men, Under 17 and 14 boys, girls’ teams from Upolu, Savaii and an open men’s team from American Samoa. 

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