Rieko Ioane celebrates his try. New Zealand All Blacks v South Africa Springboks. Rugby Championship test match. Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Saturday 15 September 2018.

Winger Ioane signs new 4-year deal with NZ Rugby

All Blacks winger Rieko Ioane has agreed a new four-year contract with New Zealand Rugby. The 21-year-old Ioane, who has scored 18 tries in his 18 tests, has signed through 2022 in a deal worth several million dollars.

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Steve Jackson. Photo: Photosport.

Steve Jackson in, Fuimaono out

One of the worst kept secrets by the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) in recent times is finally out of the bag.Despite strongly denying reports about the appointment of Steve Jackson as the new Manu Samoa Coach, the Union finally confirmed it yesterday afternoon in a statement.  

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Wallabies' Tui to take rest of season off after fan incident

Australia coach Michael Cheika says flanker Lukhan Tui has told Wallabies teammates he will take the rest of the season off after a post-match altercation with a fan.

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New Zealand's Rieko Ioane steps through a tackle during a rugby championship test match between South Africa and New Zealand in Wellington, New Zealand, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/John Cowpland)

Hansen says loss to Springboks will improve All Blacks

Head coach Steve Hansen says the All Blacks will learn from Saturday's shock Rugby Championship loss to South Africa and will become a better team because of it.

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Argentina's Nicolas Sanchez, center, tackles Australia's Israel Folau during their rugby union test match in the Gold Coast, Australia, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Kapernick)

Argentina ends 35-year losing streak in Australia

Argentina ended a 35-year losing streak in Australia with a 23-19 win over the Wallabies on Saturday, continuing their strong form under new coach Mario Ledesma.

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South Africa's players celebrate their win in a rugby championship test match between South Africa and New Zealand in Wellington, New Zealand, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/John Cowpland)

Springboks shock All Blacks 36-34 in Rugby Championship

South Africa pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Rugby Championship on Saturday, holding on under enormous pressure to beat New Zealand 36-34.

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 Argentine rugby player Mario Ledesma stretches during a training session in Wellington, New Zealand. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Friendships set aside for Argentina-Australia rugby match

If Saturday's Rugby Championship match between Australia and Argentina is a family reunion, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika isn't planning to be too hospitable.

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All Black Beauden Barrett during the training session at Trafalgar Park ahead of the Rugby Championship test match against Argentina. Trafalgar Park, Nelson, New Zealand. Tuesday 4 September 2018.

All Blacks reshape backline for South Africa test

New Zealand has made five backline changes and has recalled star center Sonny Bill Williams to the bench for Saturday's Rugby Championship test against South Africa.

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Australia's Will Genia with the ball for the Wallabies is monstered by Pieter-Steph Du Toit of the Springboks during their rugby union test match in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Kapernick)

Springbok coaches say back us or sack us

Coaches of South Africa's rugby team have challenged their bosses to support their long-term vision in the country or sack them.

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Fiji crushes Samoa at U20 Trophy 2018 final

On another day of high-scoring matches at the Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest, Fiji defeated Samoa 58-8 in a one-sided final to win promotion to the World Rugby U20 Championship for the first time since 2014.

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Australia's Jack Maddocks (L) tackles South Africa's Makazole Mapimpi (R) during the 2018 Rugby Championship game between Australia and South Africa at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia on 8 September 2018

All Blacks, Springboks contend with injuries

Springboks winger Makazole Mapimpi has returned to South Africa after suffering a knee injury in Saturday's Rugby Championship match against Australia at Brisbane.

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South Africas Faf De Klerk passes under the eyes of Australians Michael Hooper, left, and Lukhan Tui, right, during their rugby union test match in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Kapernick)

Rugby Championship: Australia beats SAfrica 23-18 in 1st win

Matt Toomua kicked two penalties for the only points of the second half as injury-hit Australia beat South Africa 23-18 on Saturday for its first win of the season in the Rugby Championship.

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All Blacks Anton Lienert-Brown, left, attacks against the Pumas at Trafalgar Park in Nelson, New Zealand, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Anthony Phelps)

Experimental All Blacks team overcomes Argentina 46-24

An experimental All Blacks team was forced to dig deep Saturday to beat massive underdogs Argentina 46-24 in a Rugby Championship test at Trafalgar Park.

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Australia's Curtly Beale tries to tackle New Zealand's Damian McKenzie in the Bledisloe Cup rugby test match at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/David Rowland)

Beale at flyhalf, Foley benched for Wallabies v South Africa

Bernard Foley has been benched to make way for Kurtley Beale to start at flyhalf for Australia in Saturday's Rugby Championship test against South Africa.

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Mo'unga to make 1st start for All Blacks vs. Argentina

Flyhalf Richie Mo'unga will start for the first time and scrumhalf Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi could make his debut from the bench after New Zealand named its team to play Argentina in the Rugby Championship in Nelson on Saturday.

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Is this funniest try ever?

Is this the first referee to ever change a decision? A Japanese referee was left embarrassed as Samoa’s under-20 team pointed out to him the try he just awarded to Romania, was in fact, on the five-metre line. Romania set a driving maul from the lineout which was stopped on the five-metre line and began celebrating when the ref awarded a try.

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Samoa defeated Romania 31-17. Photo: World Rugby

Fiji, Namibia and Samoa maintain perfect starts at Under 20 Trophy

Fiji, Namibia and Samoa continue to set the pace following day two of the World Rugby U20 2018 Trophy in Bucharest.

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Israel Folau.

Folau 50-50 for Wallabies test against South Africa

Star fullback Israel Folau rates himself a 50-50 chance of playing for the Wallabies in their crucial Rugby Championship test against South Africa in Brisbane on Saturday.

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Joe Moody leaves the field injured. Rugby Championship test match rugby union. New Zealand All Blacks v Argentina Los Pumas, Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth. New Zealand.

All Blacks prop Joe Moody sidelined by thumb injury

All Blacks prop Joe Moody has been ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby Championship with a broken thumb. The 29-year-old loosehead suffered the injury during last weekend's 40-12 win over Australia in Auckland.

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Apia Maroons Captain - Saelua Seleti Leaula.Apia Maroons versus Aana Blues.

Apia dominates women’s tourney

Apia Electrical Traders - Apia Maroons once again dominated the second round of the ongoing Bluesky National Women’s Sevens rugby tournament. 

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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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