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14 August 2018 - The Samoa Rugby Union are concerned that a recent social media campaign by Dan Leo, could potentially damage the hard work they have undertaken for a seat on the World Rugby Council. 

Vincent Fepulea’i, CEO of the SRU commented, “We understand that having a seat on the council is about meeting the World Rugby criteria and we are currently focused on doing that. Dan Leo starting a social media campaign will not have any affect on whether we get a seat or not.  In fact, if anything it could potentially only succeed in damaging the work that has gone into our application.”

Mr Fepulea’i pointed out that the increase in diversity on the Board in the overhaul of the SRU constitution are among many huge positives in the application for Samoan Rugby and they are excited about the future ahead.

“We acknowledge that Dan being a former player of Manu Samoa has the best intentions when voicing his concerns, but the issue is his lack of knowledge of environment we operate, what is positives are already happening and not having the true facts”.

“In our daily operations, we have challenges yes, and we work positively in partnership with the players in the form of the Pacific Rugby Players Association, who are the official representatives of the all Samoa players from Academy to the Manu Samoa team.”

When questioned on the subject, Aayden Clarke, CEO of Pacific Rugby Players says, “Samoa will get a seat on the World Rugby Council on their own merit.  They’ve done a great job in recent times to meet the criteria and we are confident that come September, World Rugby will positively recognise that.”

“Anyone doing positive things to benefit Pacific Island rugby is fantastic.  How Dan is running community events in the UK to get players together is nothing but good”.

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10 August 2018 - Samoa U20s has stepped up its preparation for the upcoming World Rugby U20 Trophy in Romania this year with a friendly match against the reigning champions of the Bluesky Super 9, the Taula Eels. The Samoa U20s will face the Taula Eels tomorrow (Saturday 10 August), at the Samoa Rugby Union Field-Tuanaimato at 10:30 am.
 
"This match is very important to our preparation as it will identify areas that we will need to work on before we leave for the tournament." Laauli Rudy Leavasa.
"This is the time to make adjustments to our game plans while we still have time to polish and touch up some of the things that will need improvements".
 
 The team is scheduled to leave the country on Thursday 23 August.

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21 July 2018 - If you were not at Apia Park Stadium today, you missed arguably one of the best provincial rugby matches in the history of Samoan rugby.
The Grand Final between the EELS and CHIEFS today at a packed Apia Park was a Blockbuster of Titanic proportions that scribes would once upon a time refer to as mythical and would regard your absence as blasphemous.
 
The Chiefs dominated possession throughout the game led by a charismatic leader and Captain evergreen Afa Aiono supported by up and coming superstar No.7: Jacob Mapu along with stalwart No.8 Lio Lolo caused havoc both in attack and in defence.
 
 
The Eels opted for an aerial assault through the boot of Captain: Patrick Faapale with wingers Dennis Maresa and Ivana Eti in hot pursuit to pounce on any loose ball from the Chiefs back three. Luckily for the Chiefs, their back three in the form of Johnny Vaili, Jay Malielegaoi and Tuiai Taulia were all too happy to defuse any aerial bombs coming their way.
 
The first 20 minutes, both teams tested the waters until the Chiefs drew first blood with a rampaging Jacob Mapu smashing his way to the try line.
The Eels aptly replied with a try to winger Dennis Maresa and a drop goal from fullback Paul Scanlan to end the first half with a halftime score: Eels 8-7 Chiefs.
 
The second half started with a brilliant try to Chiefs No.12 Tulolo Tulolo finishing off some slick ball movement in the back division.
Not long after the Chiefs struck again through No.11: Jay Malielegaoi who pounced on a well-placed kick from fullback Johnny Vaili to notch the blue and whites ahead to 8-19.
 
With tension in the air and the game slowly slipping away, the Eels changed tact and exerted their ground and pound forward play muscling their way forward only to be met by staunch resistance from the Chiefs defence.
The Eels bruising persistence was rewarded with a penalty try at the 58th minute breathing life to an anxious Eels supporters 15-19.
 
The last 15 minutes was a torrid exchange of guts and will as the Eels forward pack relentlessly bashed themselves at the Chiefs' fortress wall. The Eels resorted to throwing in the kitchen sink in the form of replacement behemoth prop Jake Leifi who finally broke through on the 73rd minute with a try to send the Eels faithful in total euphoria giving his team the lead 20-19 with 7 minutes to go.
 
The last 7 minutes was a nail biter with both teams pushing themselves into scoring position, only to squander their chances with loose ball or turnovers.
 
In the end, the Eels held on to win an exhausting bruising battle that'll live long in the hearts and minds of the thousands in attendance.

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27 July 2018 - Christmas has come early to Lisa Keil, who is the lucky winner of the New Ford Ranger 2018 from the Bluesky & Samoa Rugby Union text to win promotion. This promotion was a fundraising activity to support our Manu Samoa 7's for their Rugby World Cup Sevens campaign in San Francisco.

"When we first saw the promotion, I said to my son, that's our car, then we started texting and joking about when we would bring it home." Lisa Keil.

"I was so overwhelmed with joy when I got the call that I won. I just didn't think it would happen to me. All grace to the Lord Almighty for this amazing gift. Also not forgetting the wonderful support and people from both the Bluesky and Samoa Rugby Union for making this happen." Lisa Keil.

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27 July 2018 - Samoa's Under 20's Squad for the upcoming World Rugby Under 20 Trophy (formerly known as the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy) in Romania from the 24 August 2018 - 10 September 2018 has been named.

The team is comprised of players from Austalia, New Zealand, and Samoa.

"The selection was not easy at all. Before we went for our overseas trials, a group of 34 players were selected from the first trials for our local boys and they had been subjected to intense training for five weeks before their last trials on 24 July. Most of these boys played in the Super 9 and the exposure they got from the Super 9 has helped tremendously with their skill sets as well as their decision making when the going gets tough." La'auli Rudy Leavasa - Head Coach.

"We also had trials for our New Zealand based players on the 11 July, before we moved to Australia for their trials on the 16 July. All of them put up their hands for selection; unfortunately, we can only take 26 players." Laauli Rudy Leavasa.

Samoa was relegated to the Trophy this year after a disappointing 2017 World Rugby Under 20 Championship and hopes to qualify again for the Championship in Argentina 2019.

Samoa is in Pool A alongside Namibia, host nation Romania and Hong Kong.

Samoa U20 Trophy 2018 Team list

First Name Surname Country
1. Timothy Junior Lilomaiava Australia
2. AlbertLagitofaoletalalelei Onelei Samoa
3. Willie Leilua Samoa
4. Brandon Teason Faavae-Eli Australia
5. Austin Maota Faamausili Australia
6. Frank Oliver Sio Samoa
7. Jenny Taateo Samoa
8. Saini Iese Samoa
9. Setefano Lilo Leavasa Australia
10. Wesley Paerata Patu Samoa
11. Iosefatu Mareko Samoa
12. Joseph Maranata Faleafaga Samoa
13. Sione Vaetoe Young Yen Samoa
14. Aundrie Ponifasio Alatina Vitale Samoa
15. Shammah-Anthony Leonard Solomona New Zealand
16. Pupi Ah See Samoa
17. Norman Letone Uili Samoa
18. Fomai Fomai Samoa
19. Simon Peter Joachim Sila Toleafoa New Zealand
20. Pio Paulo Fuiono Samoa
21. Frank Vaesavali Tato Samoa
22. Sipaia Daniel Fetu Samoa
23. Kelvin Tuiala Masoe Samoa
24. Alexander Jorge Tanielu Tavita New Zealand
25. Dave Puleiala Samoa
26. Jimfarefy Tupe Samoa

Management

1. Laauli Rudy Leavasa Head Coach Samoa
2. Auimatagi Sapani Pomare Assistant Coach Samoa
3. Stephen Betham Technical Advisor Samoa
4. Simon Gareth Ronald Price Strength and Condition Coach Samoa
5. Olivia Withers Physiotherapist Samoa
6. Sebastian Paulo Doctor Samoa
7. Rev. Onosa’i So’o Pua Team Manager Samoa

Acknowledgement:

NZ Organizing Committee

  • -          Junior Polu
  • -          Filipo Levi
  • -          Douglas Sandy
  • -          Filipo Saena
  • -          Pasikale Faoagali
  • -          Tuu Nuualiitia
  • -          Ala Bucklich
  • -          Ramsey Tomokino

Australia Organizing Committee

  • -          Kolose Feaunati
  • -          Sala Salafai ma le faletua
  • -          Joseph Namulauulu