Manusina to open Women’s World Cup

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Manusina will play England to open the Women’s World Cup while defending champions New Zealand face minnows Kazakhstan when the tournament kicks off in Paris on Friday August 1.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 | Hits: 810 | Comments

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Kiwi Samoa lines up against Oceania giants

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At the other end of the spectrum are Kiwi FC who were victors at last year’s preliminary competition, and will become the fi rst Samoan club to compete at this level since 2001.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 | Hits: 405 | Comments

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Manu Samoa lock signs with London Irish

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London Irish have added to their secondrow resources with the signing of Samoan lock Dan Leo ahead of next season.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 | Hits: 465 | Comments

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Manu to play Tonga at Apia Park 7 June

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The International Rugby Board has announced the match schedule for the IRB Pacific Nations Cup 2014.

Saturday, 12 April 2014 | Hits: 608 | Comments

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Tau Sports sponsor Marist’s uniform

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Marist rugby received their new uniforms last Friday from Tau Sports. Tau sports is a company from Fiji that has over three decades experience in garment design and manufacturing.

Monday, 7 April 2014 | Hits: 1194 | Comments

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Referee Faaiuaso helping pave the way for Samoa's football future

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Having Samoa Football Federation play host to the FIFA Regional Referee Instructor Course (FUTURO III) over the past week has been an inspiration for the federation’s referee instructor Desmond Fa’aiuaso.

Monday, 7 April 2014 | Hits: 1005 | Comments

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Steffi Carruthers makes last 16 in Peru

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Samoan tennis player Steffi Carruthers has been knocked out in the second round of a US$10,000 tournament in Lima, Peru.

Monday, 7 April 2014 | Hits: 1135 | Comments

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SCOPA puts Letava to the sword

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SCOPA celebrates yet again after successfully defending the Frankie’s Molesi Shield at Apia Park yesterday.

Monday, 7 April 2014 | Hits: 1278 | Comments

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Manu Tuilagi: I’ll play anywhere

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Tuilagi will travel on his Samoan passport even though, six weeks ago, he was granted British citizenship. He moved to England from Samoa to join his older rugby-playing brothers when he was 12...

Monday, 7 April 2014 | Hits: 2984 | Comments

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Tuilagi, Umaga victorious in Hong Kong

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Tana Umaga’s star-studded BGC Dragons were down and out early but stormed back to beat Tradition YCAC 29-14 in the Cup final of the GFI HKFC Tens at Hong Kong last weekend.

Thursday, 3 April 2014 | Hits: 2261 | Comments

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American football stars coming

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Paul Soliai and Aaitui Isaako are two headlining American gridiron players visiting Samoa for the 2014 N.F.L. Players Tour Samoa next week.

Friday, 28 March 2014 | Hits: 2463 | Comments

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Roosters to get Roger Tuivasa-Sheck off wing

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Waiting for Anthony Minichiello to retire is like leaving the porch light on for Harold Holt. It's the same analogy the great Jack Gibson used to describe waiting for the Cronulla Sharks to win a premiership.

Monday, 24 March 2014 | Hits: 1387 | Comments

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A tall order for Samoan-Australian boxer Alex Leapai

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Samoan-born Australian Alex Leapai says he'll be practising against boxers much taller than him in the lead-up to his world heavyweight title fight against Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko.

Monday, 24 March 2014 | Hits: 2029 | Comments

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Leapai offers life lessons

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Alex Leapai has promised to bring the world heavyweight title belt back to the place which helped him form his tenacity to overcome all obstacles.

Monday, 10 March 2014 | Hits: 2830 | Comments

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Samoa A records first win over Pacific Rugby Cup Campaign

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Samoa A recorded its first win of the Pacific Rugby Cup 2014 campaign with a hard fought win against a bigger Tonga A side on Tuesday. As always, the game lived up to the usual physical and tough but clean approach against the two teams. The game was played at TG Milner Oval.

Friday, 7 March 2014 | Hits: 2668 | Comments

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Leapai seeking personal redemption in world heavyweight title fight against Klitschko

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The fertile soil of Queensland's Lockyer Valley seems an unlikely training ground for a future world heavyweight boxing champion. But from a modest tin shed in Gatton, 34-year-old Alex “The Lionheart” Leapai has been cultivating a professional career that could forever change his life.

Friday, 7 March 2014 | Hits: 2177 | Comments

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Manu Sevens lack mental toughness

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The Manu Samoa Sevens lack mental toughness. It is why they have not been able to pull through during critical games of the IRB Sevens Circuit in Wellington and Las Vegas, which has seen the team’s ranking plummet to 6th.

Thursday, 6 March 2014 | Hits: 2401 | Comments

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Welsh Police release Manu Samoa lock

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Manu Samoa lock Filo Paulo has been released on police bail following an alleged assault in the centre of Cardiff. Samoan international Paulo was arrested on suspicion of assault following an incident at a kebab shop on Caroline Street in the early hours of Monday morning.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014 | Hits: 2276 | Comments

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Leapai tackles ‘Tower of Terror’

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World title contender Alex Leapai has been preparing to fly to the other side of the world and go toe-to-toe with one of history’s greatest heavyweights, Wladimir Klitschko. He has no fear and fewer doubts.

Sunday, 2 March 2014 | Hits: 1960 | Comments

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Mark Hunt wants Alistair Overeem rematch

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Mark Hunt has become one of the most popular UFC heavyweights on the modern day circuit, after coming within inches of fading in to obscurity. ‘The Super Samoan’ was 5-6 when he joined the UFC, riding a five fight losing skid before his debut against Sean McCorkle.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 | Hits: 2193 | 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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