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Anne Cairns with her family who joined her in Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — A deal has been struck to allow news from the Pacific Games to be broadcast in Samoa. The local journalists' association had complained that restrictions placed on local TV stations had made news coverage unfeasible. (See yesterday’s Pacific Briefs) Local stations were being charged...
An action shot of va'a teams lining up at the Pacific Games event
Apia, SAMOA — The Pacific Games Office, World Rugby and Samoa Rugby Union has announced that the Rugby 7s Competition venue for the XVI Pacific Games has now been relocated to Marist St Joseph’s Sports Stadium in Lotopa. The wet conditions and high surface traffic at Apia Park have contributed to...
Jaiyah Saelua of American Samoa in action
Apia, SAMOA — American Samoa Men’s National Team fell to New Caledonia 5-0 in their first game of the 2019 Pacific Games Samoa on July 7, 2019. American Samoa played with two players high up front, but with lack of possession, they changed to more of a defensive and compact formation.  This team...
The American Samoa Men’s National Team.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa’s men’s National Team is ready and geared up to play in the 2019 Pacific Games Samoa with a squad of 21 players. There are only four players that have been capped previously with the National team, goalkeeper and elder statesman Nicky Salapu, defenders...
The American Samoa Women’s National Team.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa women’s national team is very young, with an average age of 17 for the 21 players selected. Three players were part of last year’s 2018 OFC Nation’s Cup qualifying team for American Samoa — Saono Enesi, Elcy Lui and Rayxena Foma’i.  Lela Waetin is...
Participants in  SPW’s 4th Annual Freedom Run & Obstacle Course.
Utulei, AMERICAN SAMOA — Despite the adverse weather conditions blowing through the territory this past Saturday, the community showed up in droves to participate in South Pacific Watersports & Fitness’ 4th Annual Freedom Run & Obstacle Course. “It was a great day, we had such an awesome...
The men's rugby team poses for a group photo.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The men and women who will be representing American Samoa at the XVI Pacific Games, to be hosted in Samoa next month are scrambling to find a way to get there. Samoa News understands that assurances from the American Samoa Government — that financial help will be...
Amerika Samoa Junior Golfers
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Amerika Samoa’s junior golfers that represented the territory in the first ever Junior Golf Tournament between Wellington, New Zealand; Apia, Samoa; and Pago Pago, American Samoa. Team members: Afioga Jacob Tufuga, Deangelo Yamson, Sale Tauiliili, Kanai Satele, Regan...
Joseph Parker and  Alex Leapai
Providence, RHODE ISLAND — The New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker has confirmed his next bout will be against the Samoan-born Alex Leapai. The two will fight in the US on 29 June in the first of Parker’s three fight deal with British promoter Eddie Hearn. Leapai is a replacement opponent...
Some members of The American Samoa Women’s Rugby 7s Team, during a practice session
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A squad of 13 females has been selected by the American Samoa Rugby Union (ASRU) to represent the territory — for the first time ever — in the Women’s Rugby 7s at the 2019 XVI Pacific Games in Samoa next month. In an interview this week with the team’s head coach,...

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