Five fautasi disqualified

After being postponed for four days straight due to nearly a week of terrible weather, including a run on Friday that was deemed “not a race”, this year’s 2016 Flag Day Fautasi qualifying heats finally went down Saturday morning. While, not perfect, one of the heats was ‘re-raced’, the decisions by the Fautasi Committee however were delivered firmly and its members, who include co-chair Lt. Gov. Lemanu P. Mauga and co-chair Secretary of Samoan Affairs Mauga Tasi Asuega, drew the line in the water when they stood by their decisions, and made no changes.

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Collins Injera, named player of the final, scored twice in the final as his side blew the series leaders Fiji away with 20 unanswered first half points.

It was a fitting end to a sensational weekend of rugby sevens, with more than 45,000 people turning out at the National Stadium with Singapore returning to the World Rugby Sevens Series after a 10-year absence.

Nine competitors vying for win in Sau Ia Bodybuilding Championship


A total of nine competitors will vie for the Sau Ia Championship tonight at the Lee Auditorium, and the winner will earn a slot to represent American Samoa at the well-known Ikaika Bodybuilding Competition in Hawai’i.
The newly established Sau Ia! Bodybuilding Inc. is organized exclusively to promote bodybuilding as an amateur sport, said President of the Sau Ia Body Building Club, local businessman Peter Reid III and Vice President Sala McMoore.


South Africa join France as the only sides to win all three of their matches at round eight of World Rugby's Sevens Series in Singapore.

France won all three of their matches against New Zealand, USA and Canada to book their place in the quarter finals on day one.

Les Bleus opened up with a shock 24-0 win over New Zealand, their first over Gordon Tietjens' side since the 2005 Paris Sevens Cup semi finals – a tournament they went on to win.

3rd Update fautasi heats

Saturday's Heat 1 race set aside

It was a fautasi battle at sea to reach the finish line between Paepaeulupo’o III of Aua; Matasaua of the Manu’a island group; and Manulele Tausala #1 of Nu’uuli during the second fautasi heat for the 2016 Flag Day Fautasi Race.
As fautasi headed to the starting line for the second heat, heavy rain fell briefly on Tutuila, where many fautasi fans and supporters had already crowded the Bay Area shoreline to watch what became an excellent and problem-free race.

Friday's Heat No.1 – declared “Not a Race”


According to the 2016 Flag Day Fautasi Committee, the race that was held yesterday at noon as the first heat in the qualifying races has now been disqualified and ruled as  – “not a race” – by committee chairman Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga.
Group A which raced in the first heat was composed of: (1) Fealofani Samoa II; (2) Tama o le Muaau - Faleniu; (3) Aeto - Pago Pago (4) Iseulaolemoana III; (5) Fetu o le Afiafi - Fagaalu, (6) Taema II - Leone.

Swamped fautasi may invalidate first race

Second race cancelled

Rough ocean condition have once again played havoc with the fautasi race, with today’s first heat, already impacting Aeto of Pago Pago even before the Group A race got underway at 1p.m.
Text message received by Samoa News from a shoreline spectator state that the Aeto was already taking on water from high waves about 10 minutes before the race started. KVZK-TV reported five minutes before the race began that Aeto was taking on a lot of water and had raised their oars to signal the Fautasi Race Committee they were faced with problems and unable to compete.

Selesele spearheads Samoa's sevens campaign to secure Olympic qualification

Samoa's softly spoken hard-hitter

Appearances can be deceiving. Take Samoa's Falemiga Selesele for example. He is a hard tackling, powerful Samoan sevens star who weighs over 100 kg and is physically a mountain of a man.

His persona however could not be more polar opposite, a classic example of the elite sportsman on the pitch and the genuinely humble man off it, a bit of a trend on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Executive Branch wins against the Legislative

Heats scheduled for today and Sat with championship Sat afternoon

Yesterday noon was the focus of the first official fautasi race to kick off this year’s 2016 Flag Day Fautasi Race events – and it was between the Executive Branch crew, rowing the Sinapioa and the Legislative Branch crew, rowing the Iseula o le Moana II. It was a gutsy call from the two government skippers & crews considering the weather and the huge swells — which have been the main factor for the delays of the fautasi heats—to find who will row in the final, the 2016 Flag Day Fautasi Race.


First fautasi race comes off with no mishaps


During today's race between the Executive and Legislative branches, which got underway 30-minutes earlier than the scheduled 1p.m. time, the Executive Branch rowing the Sinapioa fautasi won the race.


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