Ads by Google Ads by Google

Rugby World Cup

Sonny Bill Williams with Ben Smith
Sonny Bill Williams (right) pictured with New Zealand's Ben Smith in November 2019 is eligible for the Kiwis and Samoa at the 2021 Rugby World Cup, but is yet to make a decision. Williams' imminent return to rugby league with the Toronto Wolfpack has been the sport's talking point for the last two...
Ireland's Johnny Sexton celebrates after scoring a try against Samoa
TOKYO (AP) — Ireland crushed Samoa 47-5 in their final Pool A game to reach the quarterfinals with a bonus-point victory. Ireland scored four of its seven tries with a player less, after center Bundee Aki became the first Irish player sent off at a World Cup. He got marched in the 29th minute with...
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 Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele MalielegaoiJapanese and Japan counterpart Shinzo Abe exchange jerseys
Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele MalielegaoiJapanese and Japan counterpart Shinzo Abe have taken a little time out from official business to talk rugby. The two leaders swapped signed team jerseys ahead of the Japan-Samoa Pool A game at the Rugby World Cup. Tuilaepa is on an official visit to...
 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...
Samoa's Motu Matu'u (R) failed a concussion test after being yellow carded.
Tokyo, JAPAN — Samoan hooker Motu Matu'u will be unavailable for selection until the Rugby World Cup semi finals after being handed an extended ban for a dangerous tackle. The 32 year old has been banned for three games but an independent judicial committee ruled last night that because he was...
A child in Tuvalu asks the rest of the world to please find a place for her country.
Tokyo, JAPAN — As the Rugby World Cup prepares to kick off in Japan today - the same day a global strike for the climate takes place - a new report has highlighted how three of the smallest countries taking part, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, are under threat because of the aggressive fossil fuel burning...
HEIDELBERG, Germany (AP) — Samoa qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after beating Germany 42-28 for a second time in their playoff on today. Samoa won the first leg 66-15 in Apia two weeks ago, making qualification on aggregate virtually inevitable. Germany was competitive at home, leading...