Australia's Michael Hooper is tackled by New Zealand's Joe Moody during the Bledisloe Cup rugby test match at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/David Rowland)

Rugby Australia gives Cheika full support as Wallabies coach

Rugby Australia has relieved some pressure on embattled Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, saying he has the full support of the board and will serve the full term of his contract.

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WOMEN’S RUGBY DEVELOPMENT: The S.R.U. is not just developing players, they are also working on getting more women coaches.

Women’s participation encouraging

The Samoa Rugby Union is working to develop more coaches for Sevens rugby – women and men.

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Ben Alexander thanks the fans at the conclusion of the Australia v Italy Pool C match of the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup. North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 11 September 2011.

Former Wallabies prop Ben Alexander retires

Former Wallabies prop Ben Alexander has announced his retirement from top-level rugby at the age of 33.

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Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua.

Manu Samoa head coach position re-advertised

The coaching position for the Manu Samoa XV is vacant. The Samoa Rugby Union has decided to advertise the position following a Board meeting. This was confirmed in a statement issued today. It reads: The immediate future of the Manu Samoa XVs programme was decided in a Samoa Rugby Union meeting of the Board.

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Handre Pollard of South Africa, center, runs with the ball during a rugby Championship match against Argentina, in Mendoza, Argentina, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gonzalo Prados)

Argentina beats Springboks in Ledesma's first home test

 Argentina beat South Africa in coach Mario Ledesma's first home test in charge as the Pumas produced a rampaging first-half performance in a 32-19 victory in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

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New Zealand's Kieran Read holds a trophy and receives applause from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after defeating Australia in the Bledisloe Cup rugby test match at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/David Ro

New Zealand thrashes Australia 40-12 to retain Bledisloe Cup

Flyhalf Beauden Barrett scored four tries and contributed 30 points as New Zealand thrashed Australia 40-12 in a Bledisloe Cup rugby test on Saturday to retain the trophy for the 16th straight year.

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The New Zealand team performs a traditional Maori challenge called a haka in front of the Australian team before the start of their rugby union test match in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Cheika under pressure as All Blacks close on Bledisloe Cup

An All Blacks win in the second Bledisloe Cup test against Australia on Saturday will extend their hold on the trophy to 16 years and may shorten the tenure of Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

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Argentina full-back Emiliano Boffelli is tackled by South Africa captain and flanker Siya Kolisi during their Castle Lager Rugby Championship test between South Africa and Argentina in Durban, South Africa, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo)

Argentina and South Africa both change 1 for rematch

Argentina and South Africa both made one change to their starting teams for their Rugby Championship rematch on Saturday. Both switches were in the second row.

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Ofa Tu’ungafasi and team mates arrive to training. All Blacks training session at Mt Smart Stadium ahead of the Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup test match against the Wallabies at Eden Park this weekend. Tuesday 21 August 2018.

New Zealand makes 2 changes for 2nd Bledisloe Cup test

Injuries to center Ryan Crotty and winger Rieko Ioane have forced the All Blacks to reshuffle their backline for Saturday's second Bledisloe Cup test against Australia at Eden Park.

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In this Sunday Aug. 19, 2018, photo, Yamaha Jubilo's Kuwano Eishin, top left, is lifted to receive a high ball during a memorial match against the Kamaishi Seawaves at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium in Kamaishi, northern Japan. Japan opened the new st

Japan opens Rugby World Cup stadium on 2011 tsunami site

Japan opened a new stadium Sunday for the 2019 Rugby World Cup on the site of a school that was destroyed by a devastating tsunami in 2011.

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Australia's Israel Folau, right, side steps New Zealand's Ryan Crotty during their rugby union test match in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Israel Folau and Ryan Crotty out of Bledisloe Cup rematch

The All Blacks and Wallabies have both suffered injury setbacks after their bruising Bledisloe Cup test at Sydney, losing key players for the rematch at Auckland on Saturday.

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Argentina tight-head prop Juan Figallo, left, tackles South Africa flanker Francois Louw during their Castle Lager Rugby Championship test between South Africa and Argentina in Durban, South Africa, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo)

Springboks rely on 2nd-half surge to see off Argentina 34-21

South Africa scored four tries in the second half to come from behind and beat Argentina 34-21 in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, avoiding a second straight surprise defeat to the Pumas in Durban.

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New Zealand's Waisake Naholo, right, is brought down by Australia's Bernard Foley during their rugby union test match in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Late Naholo double helps All Blacks beat Australia 38-13

A length of the field try by center Jack Goodhue and a late double from Waisake Naholo spurred New Zealand to a 38-13 win against Australia in the first Bledisloe Cup test, and opening match of the Rugby Championship, on Saturday.

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British rugby player Danny Cipriani leaves Jersey Magistrates' Court, Saint Helier, Jersey, one of the Channel Islands, on Thursday Aug. 16, 2018, where he pleaded guilty to charges of common assault and resisting arrest following an incident in a nightcl

England rugby player Cipriani faces new sanction for assault

Rugby player Danny Cipriani is facing disciplinary action from the English game's governing body after being fined by a court for a nightclub assault.

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Head coach Steve Hansen shades his eyes as the New Zealand rugby union team trains in Sydney, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. New Zealand and Australia will play a test on Saturday. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Wallabies aim to win back fans in Bledisloe Cup test

Few matches in world rugby are more hyped than Bledisloe Cup contests between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Wallabies, yet Australian fans have responded to Saturday's first test in Sydney with trepidation and disinterest.

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SPEAKING UP FOR PACIFIC RUGBY: Former Manu Samoa captain, Daniel Leo.

Leo’s fight for rugby justice: “The Tier system is holding us back”

Former Manu Samoa captain, Daniel Leo, is on a crusade. He believes it is critical to educate the Pacific Island community about rugby players' welfare.

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TEAM SAMOA: Yesterday morning after breakfast Team with Head Coach Assistant Coach and Head of Delegation.

Learning curve for Samoan team in N.Z.

Samoa’s Under 16 training camp in New Zealand kicked off its campaign with the first of five friendly games in New Zealand. 

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Quilter Cup Rugby Twickenham 27/5/2018 England vs Barbarians Barbarians Danny Cipriani  Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland / www.photosport.nz

England rugby player Cipriani charged over nightclub assault

England rugby union player Danny Cipriani was charged with assault Wednesday over an incident at a nightclub in the English Channel island of Jersey.

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Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks during the Game of 3 Halves, All Blacks v Canterbury v Otago, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 10th August 2018.

Barrett at 10 in All Blacks team for 1st Bledisloe

Beauden Barrett has held off the challenge of rising star Richie Mo'unga and will wear the All Blacks No. 10 jersey in Saturday's first Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship test against Australia in Sydney.

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Australia v Ireland in the second Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series Test Match at AAMI Park, Melbourne, 16 June, 2018.  Australia captain Michael Hooper. Copyright Image: Stuart Walmsley / www.photosport.nz

Michael Hooper signs new 5-year deal with Australian Rugby

Captain Michael Hooper may lead the Wallabies to the next two World Cups after signing a new five-year contract Friday with Rugby Australia.

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Boxing

Boxers, Britain's Anthony Joshua, left, and Russia's Alexander Povetkin pose for photographers with boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, centre, after a press conference at Wembley stadium in London, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Joshua and Povetkin are due to fight

Joshua back 'home' to face Povetkin for heavyweight titles

This was supposed to be the week Anthony Joshua completed his whirlwind boxing journey from Olympic gold medalist to undisputed world heavyweight champion. Deontay Wilder should have been the opponent, Las Vegas potentially the venue.

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

Malae Sofe far right officiating in the 2017 OFC Womens U16 Champs Photo FFS Media.

New appointment for Samoan Referee

Malae Sofe has been appointed to officiate as an assistant referee in the OFC U-16 Men’s Championship taking place in the Solomon Islands, this week. Sofe is one of only two Assistant Referees from Samoa to officiate in Oceania competitions.

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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