Umaga is just what Super Rugby needs

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Former New Zealand All Blacks captain Tana Umaga’s interest to coach a Singapore franchise bidding to play in the prestigious Super Rugby championship will give the local game a huge boost, said Singapore Rugby Union (SRU) president Low Teo Ping.

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Warriors make two changes for Manly clash

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(STUFF) 22 July 2014 - Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has tweaked his lineup, making two changes for Sunday’s clash with NRL leaders Manly in Auckland.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 | Hits: 117 | Comments

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Pacific rugby league series in pipeline

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Fiji Times - A possible Pacific Tri-Series tournament Samoa, Fiji and Tonga is in the pipeline.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 | Hits: 630 | Comments

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Tomahawks overcome Toa Residents in Hawaii

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Samoa levelled the scores after the break but the US scored twice to lead 18-6 with nine minutes remaining, before the Toa grabbed a consolation try in the final minute to cut the deficit to six points.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 | Hits: 83 | Comments

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Tommy guns into Friendly fire

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Auckland (NZHerald) - Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has a nice, but uncomfortable headache to deal with after the return from injury of Thomas Leuluai.

Monday, 21 July 2014 | Hits: 263 | Comments

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Joseph Parker climbs up WBO rankings

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(3news) 19 July 2104 - New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker has climbed to No 15 on the WBO's latest rankings.

Sunday, 20 July 2014 | Hits: 600 | Comments

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Right time for Nonu return

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Auckland, (STUFF) July 16, 2014 - In what could be his final year in New Zealand rugby, Ma’a Nonu believes he returns to the Hurricanes a better player, and person, next season.

Thursday, 17 July 2014 | Hits: 529 | Comments

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Messi meek amidst German glory

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Brasillia (Reuters) July 14, 2014 - Lionel Messi walked up the steps at the Maracana. It was at the end of 120 minutes of yesterday’s gripping World Cup final and the Argentine was collecting a revered golden trophy, one befitting his status as the greatest player of his generation.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 | Hits: 521 | Comments

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N.Z. sports photographer to cover the Samoa swim series

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“For me Samoa is a stunning location, amazing people, challenging events and of course some winter sun,” says Taylor.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 | Hits: 633 | Comments

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Matai could be heading to Mt Smart

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Sydney (Herald on Sunday) Jul 13, 2014 - Steve Matai has revealed he has repeatedly sought a release from Manly and wants to join the Warriors next season.

Monday, 14 July 2014 | Hits: 739 | Comments

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Thomas Leuluai may be returning to Wigan

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Auckland (Sunday News) 13/07/2014 - The Warriors say they will do whatever they can to keep Thomas Leuluai after rumours the Kiwis five-eighth was considering a return to Wigan.

Monday, 14 July 2014 | Hits: 450 | Comments

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Parker's heavyweight ranking is set to rocket

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Auckland (Sunday News) 13/07/2014 - Joseph Parker's busy and successful schedule has seen him rewarded with a rapid rise in the heavyweight rankings.

Monday, 14 July 2014 | Hits: 1133 | Comments

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Brazil protesters fail to show

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Brasilia (AP) 13/07/2014 - The protesters who many feared would wreck Brazil's World Cup party failed to show up.

Monday, 14 July 2014 | Hits: 359 | Comments

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Historic Samoan tour for hockey team

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A Mudgee hockey team will make history when they go on a two-week hockey tour of Samoa later this year. They will be the first foreign hockey team to tour the pacific island nation for friendly matches.

Saturday, 12 July 2014 | Hits: 479 | Comments

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Trio’s departure a blow to Blues’ future hopes

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Christchurch, (NZ Herald) 08 July 2014 - If the Blues have taken a step forward in 2014, they are about to take at least two back with Ma’a Nonu, Graham Henry and Mick Byrne all likely to be involved for the last time this week.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014 | Hits: 780 | Comments

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Tameifuna to stay at Chiefs for next season

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Waikato, (NZ Herald) 08 July 2014 - Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna has recommitted to the franchise for next season.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014 | Hits: 469 | Comments

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Got the job, now star shooter is nervous

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Auckland (NZ Herald) Jul 5, 2014 - Cathrine Latu says it "scares the hell" out of her to be cast as the go-to shooter in the Silver Ferns.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014 | Hits: 619 | Comments

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Ma’a Nonu set for Hurricanes return

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Wellington (Sunday Star Times) 06/07/2014 - Ma'a Nonu return and the confirmation of Beauden Barrett's decision to stay put are set to counter balance any fall out should the Hurricanes' Super Rugby play-off drought stretch into its sixth year.

Monday, 7 July 2014 | Hits: 653 | Comments

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Joseph Parker forces Brian Minto to quit in seven rounds

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(boxingscene.com) - Unbeaten Joseph Parker registered his fourth consecutive stoppage victory, the latest coming Saturday evening when forcing visiting Brian Minto to quit after seven one-sided rounds at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manakau City, New Zealand.

Sunday, 6 July 2014 | Hits: 820 | Comments

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New leaders of the pack

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Many say change is necessary to keep us moving and growing – and that is definitely the positive vision of the team at Football Federation Samoa, led by Acting President Reverend Laupama Solomona.

Sunday, 6 July 2014 | Hits: 691 | Comments

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Quick trip, lots to do.  

That is what Pat Shepherd from New Zealand children’s charity SpinningTop, had to say about the work that he and other volunteers are currently doing in Samoa.

Mr. Shepherd, along with about 14 other volunteers from New Zealand, is here to renovate the shelters in which the victims from the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG) are staying.

“We found out about the SVSG in March when we were here on our research trip into how we could help children in the Pacific. 

We came to see if there was any need for help here, and we found out about what SVSG does.  We asked if we could see the shelters and saw that they were in need of repairs and supplies from New Zealand,” Mr. Shepherd said.

Spinning Top approached the locals and Samoan community in New Zealand, asking them to donate any useful items for the shelters and also for the victims.

They managed to get enough donated supplies to fill a 20ft container which was shipped here at no expense, thanks to former All Black, Rodney So’oialo, who is a supporter of Spinning Top.

“Rodney and his family are supporters of our charity, so when he heard that we were going to start work in Samoa he was very excited.  He helped us not only financially, but also through his support and his networks, which have helped us get the container here for free”, Mr. Shepherd said.

Mr. Shepherd hopes that once people see the finished product of their work here, they will get more exposure and more help from overseas.

“The plan is, once we have more images to show the work that we are doing, we can tell people more about how we are working with the SVSG and how they can help and support from overseas”, Mr. Shepherd said.

The group from Spinning Top arrived last Sunday and will be leaving this Friday, with the promise that they will be back to continue their good Samaritan work here in Samoa.

“We will definitely be back.  Once this job is done, we will talk with the SVSG to see what else there needs to be done...we are looking to see how we can keep working with the SVSG to provide support for the amazing work they do”, Mr. Shepherd said.
SpinningTop began in 2006 as Children on the Edge NZ, a branch of Children on the Edge UK, which was founded by the late, great Dame Anita Roddick in 1990.

In 2011, Children on the Edge NZ became Spinning Top, an NZ based, independent, not for profit organization giving balance to vulnerable children living in poverty, whose lives have been thrown off balance through war, oppression, natural disaster and circumstances beyond their control.

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