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Boxing coaches continue training sessions

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The American Samoa Boxing Federation club’s coaching staff continued to help the boxers to keep up their speed, stamina and strategies even during the times between tournaments.
 
Coach Sanele Etuale of Faleniu, keeps the boxer trainees updated in sparring, running and technique. “If we stopped training the boxers, they would not be ready to box at the end of the year, in the tournament between the two Samoas,” he said.
 



England 28 - Samoa 9: Captain Chris Robshaw heaps praise on battling visitors

CHRIS ROBSHAW paid tribute to Samoa after his side clinched their first victory of the autumn, 28-9 at Twickenham.

The Samoa players had previously threatened to strike and miss the Test because of problems with the Samoan Rugby Union, before World Rugby (formerly the International Rugby Board) and the International Rugby Players' Association intervened to make sure it went ahead.



Big plans afoot at ASNOC include developing a sports facility

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The American Samoa National Olympic Committee (ASNOC) is working on several projects that ASNOC president J. Victor Langkilde says will produce improvements in areas that were addressed during last month’s visit by two officials from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
 



ENGLAND VS SAMOA: WHY THE WORLD SHOULD REPAY DEBT TO PACIFIC ISLES

Financial problems and talent drain have led to claims of exploitation

The debt that rugby owes to the Pacific Islands is enormous. A fifth of players at the last World Cup were either born or descended from Samoa, Fiji and Tonga, whose combined population is little over a million – roughly the equivalent of Birmingham. It is a debt that remains shamefully unpaid.

“We have been completely and purposefully exploited by this game, which is supposed to preach fairness and fair play,” said Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, the former Samoa centre who is also a qualified solicitor. “This game is an instrument of fraud.”



Samoa will be represented in Super 8 Tourney tonight in NZ

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Tonight (Saturday NZ time), undefeated Samoan prospect Vaitele Soi will take part in Sky Arena's Cruiserweight Super 8 Last Man Standing Tournament set to be held at the North Shore Event Centre.
 
This will be Soi's first time in the ring in ten months, but he has solid experience in the format, winning a similar 8-man knockout tournament in New Zealand three years ago. Soi is the only fighter representing Samoa in the 8-man elimination tournament: 3 fights, one night, one champion.
 



Local Judo lessons for self defense continue

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Judo lessons are ongoing at the old VA Building, next to the OMV field, on Monday and Wednesday evenings for the youth and Friday evenings for adults. These practices are usually managed by Michelle Vargas, however black belt Instructor Benjamin Waterhouse, a volunteer, has stepped up to help in Vargas’ absence.
 
“This sport is one hundred percent self defense in nature, you do not have to compete, but you have to equip yourself with the techniques in judo to defend yourself at all times,” said Waterhouse.
 



FUAO — QUALIFYING TIME: 26 MINUTES AND 58 SECONDS, THE FASTEST OVERALL

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This year, the Department of Commerce is coordinating their third annual DOC Ocean Challenge Fautasi Race, to promote the cleaning of our local beaches through the help of village aumaga — through the sport of fautasi racing. The monetary awards the participants will receive are focused on funding to help clean up their village streams and coastal areas.
 



FETU O LE AFIAFI IN IT TO WIN! WHO ISN’T? SAYS SKIPPER

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This year, the Department of Commerce is coordinating their third annual DOC Fautasi Race, all in favor of promoting the cleaning of our local beaches through the help of village aumaga — in the sport of Fautasi racing. The monetary awards the participants will receive is focused on funding to help clean up their village streams and coastal areas.

 



AS volleyball team makes the Quarter Finals at Oceania

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Our American Samoa Beach Volleyball Team made it to the Quarter Finals in Manly Beach, Australia and reports from Iose Afu Muasau, the team coach, on his Facebook page, said, “Our players are very much eager to play against the Fijian side tomorrow. They managed to beat our tough Tongan brothers in our last game and elevated us to the quarter finals this year.”
 
Yesterday, local boys Sam Luaiva and Kamoko played against the Fijian Side for the Bronze, and the outcome of that will be in our next issue.
 



Samoa's World Cup place was in jeopardy if England boycott had gone ahead

Census Johnston, the Toulouse prop, has revealed that Samoa's players received a series of warnings from officials after their threats to walk out of this weekend's autumn Test at Twickenham.

The 33-year-old front-rower said Samoa feared next year's Test visit of New Zealand to Apia would also have been in doubt had the squad gone through with strike threats.



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