Manu Samoa Coach, Steve Jackson, is full of praise for Manu Samoa’s preparation ahead of their first game under him tomorrow morning. After a week training together in Northern Spain, the Manu will play the United States at Anoeta Stadium in San Sebastian. Jackson has been impressed by how quickly the team has gelled.
Manu Samoa 7s took their foot off the gas in the second half of their 19-12 Oceania Sevens Championship quarterfinal win over the Cook Islands. The first half was classic Gordon Tietjens sevens rugby. Samoa’s coach had his side kick long and camp out in Cook Islands’ territory, with their power and skill at the breakdown giving Manu Samoa 7s total control of the game.
The Manu Samoa 7s has completed a great day at the Oceania Sevens in Fiji, pouring on 128 points to 0 in their opening pool games. After a 43-0 win over Tuvalu, Samoa rolled Niue 64-0.
After a tight 19-17 loss to Papua New Guinea, the Manu Sina 7s were totally outplayed by Australia 45-0 in their second pool game on Day 1 of the Oceania Sevens.
Five Manu players will make their debuts this weekend at the Estadio Anoeta, San Sebastian Spain, when Manu Samoa goes head to head with USA for the first time since the RWC 2015. Debutant Kane Leaupepe of Bay of Plenty will make his first appearance for Samoa this weekend when he pairs up with veteran Filo Paulo of London Irish in the locks.
The All Blacks' selectors resisted pressure to drop out-of-form center Sonny Bill Williams while England gave winger Chris Ashton his first start in four years for their test on Saturday.
When England recovered within months from a humiliating home Rugby World Cup campaign to Grand Slam the Six Nations in 2016, it clamored to play the double world champion All Blacks.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has revealed a deep respect for England counterpart Eddie Jones by saying they talk "probably every second week."
Coach Warren Gatland was counting positives after his Wales side won its November rugby test opener for the first time in 16 years. One big positive was playing Scotland and not Australia on Saturday.
Center Ngani Laumape grabbed a hat trick and flyhalf Richie Mo'unga scored his first test try among 22 points as a second-string All Blacks team overwhelmed Japan 69-31 Saturday in a one-off rugby test.
Manu Tuilagi was withdrawn by England after a minor groin strain in training and replaced in the reserves by Chris Ashton for the test against South Africa on Saturday at Twickenham.
Co-captain Owen Farrell is the starting flyhalf for England against South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday, forcing George Ford to the reserves.
Hooker Dane Coles will return to test rugby after a 12-month injury break on Saturday, lending experience to a New Zealand All Blacks squad containing eight uncapped players for the match against Japan in Tokyo.
Japan-based Adam Ashley-Cooper has been added to Australia's squad for tests against Wales, Italy and England next month, two years after his last international appearance.
New Zealand beat Australia 37-20 in the third Bledisloe Cup test in Yokohama on Saturday to sweep the three-match series, but the Wallabies gave some hope to teams which will face defending champion All Blacks in the World Cup in Japan next year.
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.
He can laugh about it now, the concept of being "too big" that led him on this extraordinary journey to the Philadelphia Eagles.
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.
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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