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TALAVALU wins opening match at Oceania Cup

reporters@samoanews.com

American Samoa’s national team, TALAVALU, competing for the first time in the 15s Rugby tournament for the Oceania Cup in Papua New Guinea won its opening match.
 
American Samoa Rugby Union chairman Togiola Tulafono says TALAVALU beat Solomon Islands in the opening match yesterday (Saturday PNG time) with the score -  American Samoa 30 and Solomon Islands 15.
 



Talavalu Rugby Team off to Oceania Cup in PNG

Hopes for victory through ‘higher standard’ of performance
tony@samoanews.com

The Talavalu 15’s Rugby Team of American Samoa departed the territory yesterday afternoon to compete in the Oceania Cup that is being hosted by Papua New Guinea – this is the first time the Talavalu team has competed in the 15’s competition. Their last international appearance in rugby competition was in the World Sevens Series in Hong Kong.
 



FOOTBALL JAMBOREES SCHEDULED AT VETERANS STADIUM THIS SATURDAY & NEXT

Help support ASHSAA sports: Tickets $3 for adults, $1 for children
tony@samoanews.com

The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) will host their first Football Jamboree this Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, with the biggest football scrimmage to be held this Summer – all local high school Junior Varsity football teams will be there and they will collide in a royal rumble-like event.
 
The following Saturday, Aug. 29— the Varsity Football Jamboree is scheduled to happen.
 



TALA TAALOGA

FAAILOGA FESILI CHARLIE FAUMUINA I LE IPU O LE LALOLAGI
 
Ua faailoga fesili e le pulega a le All Blacks i le ali’i o Charlie Faumuina ina ua toe lavea ina ua ua fetoai ma Taleni Seu i le toleniga lea na faia i le aso Lua.
 
O Faumuina, 28 tausaga le matua, ua atoa nei le 27 o ana taaloga i le All Blacks talu mai le 2012.
 
E lei leva atu nei ona toe lelei mai lona ua (pinched nerve in his neck) lea na le mafai ai ona taaloga i le tausaga atoa lenei i le All Blacks.
 



UPDATE: TONY FINAU BATTLES TO TOP-10 FINISH IN PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Tony Finau survived an adventurous final round Sunday, earning a tie for 10th place in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

The West High School graduate has posted five top-10 finishes as a PGA Tour rookie, among his 15 top-25 showings. He tied for 14th in the U.S. Open, his first appearance in a major tournament.



VIDEO PREVIEW: ASHSAA FOOTBALL SEASON 1ST KICK OFF – SEPT 11, 2015

Call goes out “ … especially college grads” to tryout as an official, referee
tony@samoanews.com

The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) is scheduled to open this year’s football season on Friday, September 11, 2015 with one of the most exciting matches to kick off the season – the reigning Champion Fagaitua Vikings, who will face the Tafuna Warriors in both JV and Varsity.
 

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Samoa Rugby Union chiefs call criticism "unfair assessment"

The Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U), Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, has rejected the criticisms of the Union from former Manu Samoa midfielder, Aumua To’o Vaega.

In doing so, the man driving the reforms to rebuild the relationship between t h e U n ion , members of the public and stakeholders has invited Aumua to see things from the perspective of the Union instead of throwing rocks from the outside.

“To’o unfortunately is among the category of people who don't want to understand,” Faleomavaega told the Samoa Observer yesterday.



NO JOKE — A SAMOAN WALKS ONTO A GOLF COURSE AND ...

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- The family business, at least on the athletic side of the Finau family, was pro football or basketball.

Tony Finau, all 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds of him, was determined to play golf.

So if nothing else, his play Saturday was further validation of a story that begins with two poor kids learning to play the game by banging balls against a mattress in their garage and one of them winding up with a shot at a major title on the final day of the PGA Championship.



Tahiti continues to see victory at tennis’ East Pacific Qualifying tournament

jeff@samoanews.com

The American Samoa junior tennis players may have had some success this week during the International Tennis Federation (ITF) East Pacific Qualifying tournament taking place in Lautoka, Fiji, but not as much success as Team Tahiti has been having.
 



Update: Manu Samoa World Cup Squad named

joyetter@samoanews.com

The Manu Samoa Rugby Team squad for the upcoming World Cup next month in England has been announced, according to a statement issued by Samoa’s Rugby Union, obtained by Samoa News. Head Coach Stephen Betham and his management team finalized the last of their 31-strong squad after assessing performances at the recent World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup tournament in North America.
 



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