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Manu Samoa and Georgia Tie at 19-all

Manu Samoa and the visiting Georgia team fought to a 19-all draw in their test match at Apia Park on Saturday.  Each team scored one try with Samoa’s captain, David Lemi touching down for his team while Georgia was awarded a push over touchdown from a scrum late in the 2nd half.

 

Samoa fielded a young team that included 10 players who had their first exposure to international test match against an experienced Georgia side that included more than 20 players who have represented their country to World and international games.

 



New era begins for the 'boys' as Manu ties with Georgia

We can do better, says coach

Manu Samoa coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia believes his team can do much better than the effort in yesterday’s 19-19 draw with Georgia at Apia Park.

“It feels like we’ve lost, I mean we can do better than this,” he said after the game. “A draw is a draw but as a young team we can learn from this. We didn’t come here to tie. We came here to win the game, and I suppose that’s why it feels a little bit empty because we had a lot of opportunities to win the game.”

Coach Namulauulu congratulated Georgia on a good game but said his players would need to step it up for next week.



Jaiyah Saelua selected to jury member for the 1st FIFA Diversity Award

Jury panel called “11 for diversity”
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Jaiyah Saelua has been chosen by FIFA as one of only eleven people in the world to act as jury members for the 1st FIFA Diversity Award. The group is known collectively as the “11 for diversity”.
 
Jaiyah made headlines around the globe when she became the first transgender professional soccer player in the world to play in a FIFA World Cup Qualification. Even better, she helped Team American Samoa to its first win.
 



Coach has faith in new-look Manu Samoa

The Manu Samoa coach says he has faith that his new look squad for Saturday's historic match against Georgia will be able to handle the pressure that comes with test rugby.

Samoa News sports reporter Falaniko Vitolio will be on hand in Apia to report all the action on Saturday. You can read it here or in Monday's print edition.

Prop Sam Aiono, number eight Jeff Lepa, halfback Dwayne Polataivao and fullback Albert Nikoro will make their debuts against the Georgians who are playing in Apia for the first time.

Namulau'ulu Alama Ieremia has also named six uncapped players on the bench.



A.S.Basketball teams win two Championships during Samoa Independence Day

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    The American Samoa Basketball Association (ASBA) under the management of president Milton Taufa’asau returned home this past Friday with not one, but two Championship titles in separate divisional competitions. ASBA prepped and readied four teams to represent American Samoa in Samoa’s Independence Day Celebration last week, and they returned to the motherland this past weekend with much more than just honor – they came with bragging rights as well.



Local weightlifters return home with medals

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The local weightlifting team that represented American Samoa at the 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships held in Suva, Fiji last month has returned home with five medals: three gold and two silver.
 
For the males, Tanumafili Malietoa Jungblut entered the senior category (94kg), Liamatua Samuelu Tufele competed in the senior and junior category (105kg), and Malaki Atonio Sitagata went up against weightlifters in the senior, junior, and youth category (105+kg).
 



UH football signs lineman from Leone High School

College of San Mateo quarterback Dru Brown and defensive lineman Alexander Sunia of Leone High in American Samoa have accepted football scholarships from the University 0f Hawaii.

Both players will enroll in the bridge session, which begins June 26, and participate in training camp. Brown will have four years to play three UH seasons.

“It just felt like home,” said Brown, who completed a recruiting trip to Hawaii on Thursday. “It’s a great place. I love the coaches. I love the players. It’s where I want to be.”



Manu Samoa Sevens get nation’s blessings

Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is optimistic that the Manu Samoa Sevens team has what it takes to secure the last remaining spot for the Rio Olympics.

Wishing Coach Damien McGrath, captain Tole’afoa Falemiga Selesele and the team the very best ahead of the last tournament in Monaco next week, Tuilaepa told the team they are just as good as any other team out there when they put their hearts and minds to the task.



Vikings win first JPS championship title

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The JR Prep Sports (JPS) inaugural football league came to an exciting close last Saturday with a nail-biting championship title game that literally came down to the wire.
 
The Faga’itua Vikings came out ready to take home the championship title but the Tafuna Warriors were not going to lie down and just hand it over.
 



Manu Samoa coach recruits some big names

Former All Black and Warratahs coach Daryl Gibson has joined the Manu Samoa ranks as a Technical Advisor.

He is among a raft of changes announced by Head Coach, Namulauulu Alama Ieremia at the beginning of the week, as the Manu Samoa kicks into gear for their home test match against Georgia next Saturday.

Gibson is joined by Richard Watt of the Hurricanes who is the new Assistant Coach as well as Grant Henson of Counties Manukau who has been recruited as the Manu Samoa’s new Set Piece coach.



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