Rugby shamed by treatment of Pacific Nations

David Campese   Why would the likes of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa want to keep coming back to the World Cup to be treated like this every four years?

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Tuilagi's five week ban provokes outrage

Controversial hit: Alesana Tuilagi collects Harumichi Tatekawa of Japan with his knee.

A host of former international players have criticised World Rugby's decision to ban Samoan winger Alesana Tuilagi for five weeks.

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South Africa bounces back with big win over Samoa

JP Pietersen of South Africa breaks clear to score the opening try.

A week after losing to Japan, South Africa has bounced back, beating Samoa in a resounding win.

Samoa too strong for plucky Eagles

Here he comes: Jack Lam of Samoa takes on Blaine Scully of the United States.

With tougher tests ahead, Samoa started their Rugby World Cup campaign with a 25-16 win over the United States in Pool B on Sunday.

No longer a surprise, Samoa confident for World Cup

Legend: Brian Lima in action for Samoa in Melbourne during the 2003 World Cup.

​Almost a quarter of a century ago, in the pool rounds of the 1991 Rugby World Cup, Western Samoa pulled off one of rugby's biggest upsets when they beat the once-mighty Wales at Cardiff Arms Park.

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Wallabies should play Manu Samoa in Apia

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Spiro Zavos   The Samoan team has shown it can test the best rugby sides in the world.

Samoan PM unleashes on sevens stars

Stinging words: Samoan PM Tuilaepa Sa’ilele has come out swinging at his country's 'lazy' sevens players.

Michael Field   Tuilaepa Sa’ilele comes out swinging at 'lazy' sevens players whose performances are an 'eyesore'.

George Ford steers England to victory over Samoa

George Ford was pivotal to England's success.

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.


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.


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.


French Barbarians beat Samoa

The Gilbert ball

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



Samoa's Pisi cited after tackle


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