Fans thrilled as All Blacks arrive in Samoa

The All Blacks are finally on Samoan turf, ready to play in an historic first Test match between the two nations.

The World Champions touched down at Samoa's international airport last night to a deafening roar from the thousands of fans as they walked through the arrivals gate.

Among those waiting was New Zealand-born Samoa Troy Tu'ua, who couldn't believe his luck to be part of the PIPA All Stars group from Auckland's Pacific Institute of Performing Arts.

The group has been brought to Samoa especially to perform a combined New Zealand/Samoan haka for the occasion.

ASNOC hosts first Medical Mission Sports Medicine seminar


The American Samoa National Olympic Committee (ASNOC) Medical Commission recently held their first ever Medical Commission Sports Medicine Seminar at the ASNOC training room located at the Sports Complex Veterans Memorial Stadium. The seminar was aimed at sports coaches, athletes and anyone else who deals with injuries and athletes on a daily basis.

DOE athletic division prepares for new school year


In its fiscal year 2015 second quarter performance report, the Education Department says that the Athletics Division is encouraging students and reiterating the importance of education, sports and their value.

It also says that the Division has organized the sports schedule for the upcoming school year. (Samoa News understands that the schedule will be released prior to the start of the new school year 2015- 2016).

Chief lays down Manu Samoa battle plan

Manu Samoa and Waikato Chiefs star, Tim Nanai-Williams, knows what to expect from the All Blacks.

But he has also warned the men in black that the Manu Samoa will come out firing.

One of two new names in the Manu Samoa team to take on the All Blacks, Nanai-Williams downplays talks of the team allowing the occasion get the better of them.

“It’s not that much pressure on us to be honest,” he said. “The pressure is on them because they are the best in the world and you know we’re not just going to go out there and just play.”

All Blacks named for Samoa clash

George Moala will make a surprise start for the All Blacks in the Test against Samoa in Apia while three reserves are also in line to make their debut.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has been forced to name a new-look team for the historic Test on Wednesday because of the unavailability of nearly half his initial squad of 41 named last month.

Seventeen players involved in Saturday's Super Rugby final between the Highlanders and Hurricanes were out of contention for selection while a handful of others are unavailable with injury.

30 complete Ocean Swimming summer program


There were thirty high school students from different schools across the island that finished out the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) Ocean Science/Ocean Swimming summer program that ended yesterday morning at the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center.


Team AmSam enroute to Games, despite rocky start


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  • Manu Samoa squad selected for history-making event


    The official list of the 27-man squad — split between 15 forwards and 12 backs — selected for the Manu Samoa team to play against the All Blacks next week Wednesday, July 8 in Apia, Samoa — in a history making match — was read out by Manu Samoa’s Team Manager Namulauulu Sami Leota during the luncheon, hosted by the Samoa Rugby Union on Monday, June 29, in Samoa.

    DOE Athletic Division calendar for next year now available


    The American Samoa (AS) Department of Education Athletic Division’s new calendar for 2015-2016 is now out.
    The AS DOE Athletic Division Sports Calendar has the first sport on the calendar taking place in the Fall, led by football, followed by girls volleyball, boys volleyball and junior soccer.

    Fa’a Samoa Initiative sports camps draw over 400 participants

    Volleyball Camp ended Saturday

    The Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation’s Fa’a Samoa Initiative volleyball camp came to an end this past Saturday, June 27 at the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) gymnasium.

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