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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.

Wales stunned by Samoa in Cardiff

Johnny Leota.

Matt Lloyd   Samoa produced another memorable victory in Cardiff as Wales slumped to their fifth successive defeat, losing 26-19 to the south sea islanders in Friday's one-off Test match.

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Warburton out as Wales ring changes

Sam Warburton.

Wales captain Sam Warburton has dropped to the bench for this weekend's make-or-break international against Samoa, with interim coach Rob Howley making a raft of changes from the team that lost to Argentina.

Canucks crash in face of Samoa onslaught

Samoa demolished Canada 42-12 at Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay, Wales on Friday.

Pacific nations face World Cup 'blackmail'

Former All Black Simon Mannix has alleged three Fijian players at the French club he coached last year were paid to be unavailable for the Rugby World Cup.

Harley the hero as Scotland snatch late win

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Robert Harley ended years of waiting for his big break when he came off the bench to score the winning try for Scotland as they scraped home 17-16 in a one-off Test against Samoa.

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Samoa surge back to win Pacific Nations Cup

Samoa.

Samoa stormed back from 0-16 down and survived a late onslaught to beat Pacific Nations Cup defending champions Japan 27-26 on Sunday, clinching the trophy for themselves.

Samoa beat Tonga 20-18 in Pacific Nations Cup

Samoa's Sakaria Taulafo.

Scrum half Galuefa Falamoe touched down early in the second half to lead Samoa to a 20-18 win over Tonga in the opener of the Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament on Tuesday.