Samoa wins as road to Russia World Cup begins

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Oceania’s lengthy 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ campaign is underway, with Samoa and Cook Islands opening with wins over American Samoa and hosts Tonga respectively in the four-nation Stage 1 matches.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015 | Hits: 136 | Comments

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A football dream in schools realised

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Football Federation Samoa’s dream to start a soccer tournament within the colleges in Samoa will soon become a reality

Monday, 31 August 2015 | Hits: 90 | Comments

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Team Fiji ready for Samoa

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Fiji’s preparations for the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa is on the right track as Team Fiji was hosted to a lunch at the Suva Bowling Club yesterday.

Monday, 31 August 2015 | Hits: 90 | Comments

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Samoa coach Betham highlights the value of game time despite loss to Barbarians

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Samoa coach Stephen Betham was happy to see his squad get some much-needed game time during their 27-24 defeat against the Barbarians. Most of Betham’s squad have not since any action since their historic Test against the All Blacks in Apia back in July.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 | Hits: 235 | Comments

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Manu Samoa ready for the World

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Acting Prime Minister, Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo, has encouraged the Manu Samoa to play for their families, country and God.

Thursday, 20 August 2015 | Hits: 3642 | Comments

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Parker rises to No 6 with WBO

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New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker's latest win has seen him lift to a career-high No 6 ranking with the World Boxing Organisation.

Saturday, 15 August 2015 | Hits: 1650 | Comments

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Paulo proud of US teammate Faraimo's development

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Eels utility Joseph Paulo says his club and national teammate Bureta Faraimo is reaching his full potential now that he's realised what sort of sacrifices are necessary to make it in the NRL, comparing him to former Bulldogs flanker Matt Utai.

Saturday, 15 August 2015 | Hits: 1003 | Comments

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McGrath gets the nod for Sevens

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Englishman Damian McGrath has been appointed the new Head Coach of the Manu Samoa Sevens.

Friday, 14 August 2015 | Hits: 1745 | Comments

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Manu Samoa shows its hand

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Samoa has become the first team to announce their World Cup line-, naming a squad of 31 predominantly European-based players led by London Irish flanker Ofisa Treviranus.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 | Hits: 2615 | Comments

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Samoa no match for top tier England

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Netball World Cup website – Day 3 - A second half-fight back from 13th in the world ranked Samoa was not enough, as third ranked England remain undefeated with a 85-34 win.

Monday, 10 August 2015 | Hits: 1056 | Comments

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Schuster at Swimming World Champs

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Samoa’s first entry at the 16th World Championships, in Kazan, was 17-year-old Brandon Schuster.

Monday, 3 August 2015 | Hits: 1294 | Comments

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Rugby names new C.E.O

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Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i is now officially the Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) of the Samoa Rugby Union.

Friday, 24 July 2015 | Hits: 4196 | Comments

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Samoan shotgunner Chen Pao pockets points score gold

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Shooters from the island of Tahiti won the team points score event with a score of 859 on Saturday while Eddie Chen Pao took individual points score gold on the final day of shooting competition at the Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games.

Sunday, 12 July 2015 | Hits: 1576 | Comments

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Watanabe wins the Lalomanu half marathon

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In the end, the Japanese took it out. What a fantastic race by Kuniyoshi Watanabe of JICA to win the second BOC Handigas Run Series Lalomanu Half Marathon on Saturday. He completely dominated the field. 

Saturday, 11 July 2015 | Hits: 1489 | Comments

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Weightlifting wins 16 gold medals

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The weightlifting competition at the South Pacific Games in Papaua New Guinea is over and our team are making their way home.

Saturday, 11 July 2015 | Hits: 2236 | Comments

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Sa’umani outfits Falevao Under 20 Rugby team

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The Falevao Under 20 rugby team were the proud recipients of brand new jerseys and sporting gear donated by Sa’umani Afaese Hanipale from Japan, at Connexions Café last week.

Saturday, 11 July 2015 | Hits: 1589 | Comments

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Samoa shocks New Caledonia in Pacific Games

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Samoa’s women’s soccer team surprised the crowd as it drew against favorite’s New Caledonia, 2-2, in round two of the women’s soccer competition at Bisini Grounds on Wednesday.

Saturday, 11 July 2015 | Hits: 1768 | Comments

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Touch of gold!

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Samoa Touch rugby again remains the Champions of Pacific touch rugby mix grade after upsetting Tournament favorites and 3rd ranked team in the world PNG 9-7 to win Gold at the Pacific Games in Port Morsby.

Saturday, 11 July 2015 | Hits: 1486 | Comments

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Census Johnston surprise

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Census Johnston has been called back from retirement to boost Manu Samoa’s scrum against the All Blacks next Wednesday.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 | Hits: 4214 | Comments

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Alesana Tuilagi winds up for the All Blacks

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Blockbusting Manu Samoa wing Alesana Tuilagi says he can hardly wait to take on the All Blacks in front of his people.

Thursday, 25 June 2015 | Hits: 10545 | 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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