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George Ford steers England to victory over Samoa

George Ford impressed on his first Test start as England returned to winning ways with a 28-9 victory over Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday.

Kaino won't ignore roots

Support for Samoa: A number of star All Blacks tweeted this photo in support of Samoa's rugby players who are embroiled in a dispute with their national union.

Richard Knowler   When All Blacks forward heard about the problems his Samoa "brothers" were having, he felt compelled to act.

Date mistake 'stalling tactic'

Challenge: Samoa perform the Siva Tua ahead of their rugby test against Italy.

Duncan Johnstone   Samoan rugby officials miss latest peace talks with players and powerbrokers because they "got the date wrong".

George Ford starts for England, Farrell at 12

FIRST CHOICE: 21-year-old George Ford will start at No 10 for England against Samoa, pushing Owen Farrell to second-five.

Mitch Phillips   First-five George Ford will make his first England start against Samoa but Owen Farrell remains in the side.

All Blacks united behind Samoa

SUPPORT FOR SAMOA: A number of star All Blacks tweeted this photo in support of Samoa's rugby players who are embroiled in a dispute with their national union.

Duncan Johnstone   ABs stars throw their support behind Samoan rugby players’ fight for better working conditions.

Samoa boycott of England Test averted - IRB

Samoa will continue their tour of Europe.

Intervention from the International Rugby Board and a players' union has averted a potential boycott by the Samoan team of their test match against England next week.

Ex-Kiwi ends Italy's horror losing streak

Kelly Haimona guided Italy to victory.

Justin Davis   New Zealand-born fly-half Kelly Haimona kicked 14 points to inspire Italy to a hard-fought 24-13 rugby victory over Samoa as the Azzurri ended a nine-match string of defeats in Ascoli on Saturday.

Tonga snatch draw with Samoa

Samoan skipper David Lemi.

Underdogs Tonga snatched an 18-18 draw in injury time against Samoa to launch the Pacific Nations Cup tournament in dramatic fashion in Apia on Saturday.

Hall of fame's Lima faces jail for assaulting ex-wife

Charged: Brian Lima in action at the 2003 World Cup.

Former Samoan captain Brian Lima, who's in the rugby hall of fame, faces up to seven years in jail after being found guilty of assaulting his former wife, it was reported Monday.

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Samoan coach Lima quits after arrest

Brian Lima.

Michael Field   Samoa rugby coach Brian Lima has quit his post after being arrested over domestic violence allegations involving his former wife.

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Samoa legend charged over domestic violence - report

Brian Lima.

Samoa rugby legend Brian Lima faces criminal charges after allegedly assaulting his ex-wife in public last week, leaving her with serious facial injuries, reports said Thursday.

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French Barbarians beat Samoa

The Gilbert ball

The star-studded French Barbarians edged Samoa 20-19 at Clermont's Marcel-Michelin stadium on Saturday.

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Samoa's Pisi cited after tackle

Pisi.

Samoa centre George Pisi has been cited for an alleged dangerous tackle on Ireland wing Tommy Bowe.

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Ireland begin Schmidt era with Samoa win

Brian O'Driscoll.

Ireland began the Joe Schmidt era with a convincing five-try, 40-9 victory over injury-stuck Samoa at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

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Samoa rugby great Peter Fatialofa dies

Peter Fatialofa

Former Samoa rugby captain and perhaps New Zealand's most famous piano mover, Peter Fatialofa, has died aged 54.

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Two tries, yellow card for Habana in Springboks romp

Bryan Habana.

David Legge   Bryan Habana took his Test try total to 50 on Saturday to help South Africa crush 14-man Samoa 56-23 at chilly Loftus Versfeld and win a four-nation tournament final.

Samoa cruise to victory over Italy

Tusi Pisi.

Samoa survived early pressure to triumph 39-10 against Italy on Saturday in Nelspruit and reach the final of a South African four-nation tournament.

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Tuilagi stars as Samoa defeat Scotland

Alesana Tuilagi

David Legge   Samoa defeated Scotland for the first time with a 27-17 triumph at Kings Park Saturday in the opening match of a four-nation tournament.

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Samoa complete Kiwi misery with Dubai Sevens win

Samoa.

Pre-tournament favourites New Zealand lost unexpectedly to Samoa in the final of Dubai Rugby Sevens on Saturday.

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Michalak rescues France against Samoa

Frederic Michalak.

Rejuvenated fly-half Frederic Michalak scored 19 points as France twice came from behind to defeat Samoa 22-14 in their one-off Test at the Stade de France on Saturday.