Posts Tagged "Samoa"

If there was any lesson to be learnt by Samoa yesterday afternoon in Wollongong it was to have faith.

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In an article in today’s New Zealand Herald, rugby writer Gregor Paul lambasts the New Zealand Rugby Union for failing to send an All Blacks team to Fiji this year to help celebrate the Fiji Rugby Union’s centenary.

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A strong appeal by South Africa to add a sixth Super Rugby team perhaps opens a window to again push for a Samoan rugby franchise.

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There was once a time when nearly the whole Manu Samoa team played Super Rugby.

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Samoa’s prime minister has slammed the International Rugby Board (IRB) for allowing a Welshman to referee his country’s World Cup loss to South Africa last week which ended with Wales making the quarter-finals at Samoa’s expense.

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It was never pretty, but they did just enough to secure a win against Wales. Then came two lesser teams which was merely a run out, no disrespect to Fiji or Namibia, but the fact is that they are not quite on the level.

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Powerhouse winger Alesani Tuilagi scored a hat-trick of tries as Samoa crunched Namibia 49-12 to spectacularly launch their Rugby World Cup campaign in Rotorua on Wednesday.

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Samoa will unleash their wrecking-ball winger Alesana Tuilagi against winless Namibia as they field the same team that beat the Wallabies in their Rugby World Cup opener in Rotorua on Wednesday.

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Samoa will use the same team that beat the Wallabies for their opening Rugby World Cup match against Namibia in Rotorua on Wednesday.

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Good Lord, this week is dragging. There are mountains of discussion about the rugby, but we’ve got very little raw material to get our teeth into; so it’s mostly all hot air and I’m as guilty as the next fan.

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The make-up and leadership of the International Rugby Board has for a long time now, not been representative of the needs of the wider rugby world. Yet the IRB is supposed to be proactive in promoting rugby worldwide.

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Manu Samoa, the tenth-ranked IRB nation, recently sent shockwaves through the rugby world with an utterly convincing win over the second-ranked Australians.

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Much comment has been made about the Wallaby forwards not meeting the challenge of Samoan and All Blacks forwards.

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Whatever the concerns the New Zealand Rugby Union may have about their prospects in the upcoming Rugby World Cup, it’s probably nothing compared to Rugby World Cup CEO, Martin Snedden, and his colleagues.

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Full credit must be given to Samoa. They turned up with a game plan and executed it to near perfection.

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Not since Frank Bainimarama’s coup of Fiji has Australia been unprepared and shocked by a Pacific Island nation. Samoa’s victory in rugby has bewildered the rugby establishment of this nation.

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Faith: the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. In other words, if you can see it and believe it, you can have it.

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What should have been a regulation win to get a Rugby World Cup year underway turned into a humiliating lesson for a second-string Wallabies side devoid of inspiration and urgency.

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Manu Samoa added to their already formidable reputation by comfortably beating the Wallabies 32-23 in the first Test match of 2011.

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What a fantastic win for world rugby it was! The Samoan victory is more evidence of the fact that, contrary to what some claim, professionalism has actually benefited the so-called minnow nations, with talented players now able to ply their trade in tough competitions elsewhere in the world.

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