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Seilala Mapusua
Apia, SAMOA — Mapusua Seilala Mapusua is the new Manu Samoa head coach, with Muliagatele Brian Lima to take charge of the men's national sevens team. The former Manu Samoa teammates have both signed two year deals after their appointments were endorsed and ratified by the Samoa Rugby Union Board on...
Tim Mikkelson, cheers on young Niko Jones
Honolulu, HAWAII — Last year's Olympic Qualifying Ocean 7s was an amazing almost magical event to cover.  With a minimal budget and limited trained human resources, Pacific Islander Oceania Rugby Administrators, Lemalu Wayne Schuster and Biutoka Kacimaiwai fended off the incoming measles epidemic,...
 Sir Gordon Tietjens with Manu Samoa player
Apia, SAMOA — Sir Gordon Tietjens is renowned for his work in Rugby Sevens, but that hasn't helped him remain at the helm of Samoa's team. Sir Gordon spent 22 years in charge of the All Black Sevens, winning four Commonwealth Games gold medals, two World Cups and 12 World Series titles before...
 Sir Gordon Tietjens
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Rugby Union says its Sevens team will have the opportunity to explore new options and rebuild for the Olympics now that Sir Gordon Tietjens has resigned. CEO Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai said the decision for Sir Gordon to step down as coach was made together. "Gordon's...
Manu Samoa’s Joe Perez lost control of the ball
Manu Samoa’s Joe Perez lost control of the ball as he appeared to be scoring a try vs the USA Eagles.  The Eagles overpowered Samoa 19-5 at the Vancouver 7s, Day 1, BC Place, Vancouver, Canada. More photos in Monday's Samoa News print edition. [Photo by Barry Markowitz, Courtesy Bluesky...
SoCal Samoan Community young siva dancers
After the LA 7s, the Southern California Samoan Community members took pride in honoring the Manu Samoa 7s national rugby team with sivas and cash at Alpine Village, Torrance, California.   [Photo by Abraham Markowitz, Courtesy Bluesky Communications]
Manu Samoa takes the field at 2020 USA Sevens
Manu Samoa takes the field seeking help from above prior to defeating Kenya, 28-19 at the USA 7s, Day 2, Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California. See more photos in today’s Sports section of Samoa News. [Photo: Barry Markowitz, Courtesy Bluesky Communications]
Sevens Team Mates send Laaloi Leilua well wishes for his return home.
Dubai, UAE — The Manu Samoa Sevens squad have been affected by the measles outbreak with Laaloi Leilua having to return to Samoa to be with his 4 week old baby girl who has contracted the measles virus. Sir Gordon Tietchens announced the squad changes on the Manu Samoa Sevens Facebook Page. “Laaloi...
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...

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