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Henry Taefu with the ball
Fukuoka, JAPAN — Manu Samoa have made two changes in the tight five for their final Rugby World Cup pool match against Ireland in Fukuoka on Saturday (Friday American Samoa time). Logovi'i Mulipola replaces Jordan Lay at loosehead prop, with coach Steve Jackson expecting a fierce battle up front...
Manu Samoa in Japan
Nagoya, JAPAN — Samoa insists they are still "hugely motivated" for their final pool match against Ireland despite falling short of the knockout stage at Rugby World Cup 2019. Japan's 38-19 victory on Saturday means Samoa will not make the last eight for a sixth consecutive Rugby World Cup. "It's...
Japan’s Kotaro Matsushima makes a break
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Day 16 of the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local): 9:25 p.m. Japan is a step closer to Rugby World Cup history after overcoming a fierce Samoa challenge 38-19 and claiming a bonus point four minutes into additional time in a nerve-shredder for a third straight win...
 Samoa's Paul Perez (right) is tackled by Scotland's Stuart Hogg
Kobe, JAPAN — Samoa's hopes of reaching the World Cup quarter-finals suffered a body blow on Monday when they were beaten 34-0 by Scotland but coach Steve Jackson says his side are still in with a shout of advancing from Pool A. Scotland scored two tries in either half, the latter two coming when...
Car club, Leai Sou Feau members watch game on a big screen TV in front of the Government building.
Apia, SAMOA — They are celebrating on the streets of Apia. When the Manu Samoa defeated Russia in their opening World Cup game, Manu Samoa fans in Samoa stayed up late at night and early into the next morning to showcase their support for their team. While most people watched from the comfort of...
Tattoos on legs of rugby player
Yamagata, JAPAN — Samoan players will wear skin suits to keep traditional Pacific islander tattoos under wraps during the World Cup in Japan to avoid offending their hosts. For the Japanese, tattoos have long been associated with members of 'yakuza' crime syndicates, and inked tourists may be met...
Scott Malolua in action in a file photo
Apia, SAMOA — Manu Samoa have been forced into a last minute change to their Rugby World Cup squad with Ponsonby halfback Pelefofoga Cowley called up to replace Scott Malolua, who has been ruled out for eight weeks after dislocating his shoulder. Malolua made his test debut in Saturday's 34-15...
David Pocock inaction against Samoa
Sydney, AUSTRALIA — David Pocock made a successful return as the Wallabies bade farewell to Australia with a 34-15 victory over Samoa at Western Sydney Stadium on Saturday in their final match before the Rugby World Cup. Flanker Pocock, sidelined by injury for most of the year and playing his first...
[l-r] Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Maug
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Government donated $100,000 to Samoa’s national rugby team, Manu Samoa, during a telethon and radiothon fundraising event yesterday at the Su’igaula o le Atuvasa Beach Park in Utulei, where a separate wheelbarrow donation from cabinet members raked in...
Samoa’s Tila Mealoi eyes the try line
Samoa’s Tila Mealoi eyes the try line as England’s Tom Bowen prepares to tackle him.  Mealoi scored the winning try on this play in the quarter final game of the World Rugby HSBC Sevens in Hong Kong on Sunday, April 7, 2019.  Final score Samoa 14, England 12.  Samoa will face France in the semi-...

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