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Pacific Warriors: a tale of underdogs

The rugby teams of Tonga, Fiji and Samoa are known for their warrior-like, no-holds-barred style of rugby.  Pacific Warriors details the background behind how such small nations produce world-leading rugby players.…

Tunnel vision: Richie McCaw runs out for his 100th cap as captain

The cult of the captain

There are those in rugby who believe the role of captain is a ceremonial post. There are those who believe the word demands a capital ‘C’. Some believe the loss…

2014 Junior World Championship - Match Day 1

#SamoaUnited has to encourage change

I imagine it is pretty comforting to know All Black big men Jerome Kaino, Sonny Bill Williams, Brodie Retallick and Liam Messam have got your back. Then again, the Samoans preparing to represent…

jamie roberts wales

Wales v Samoa: Five things we learned

I READ a lot of stat sheets prior to writing these articles. But the reason for Samoa’s win against Wales won’t be found on any of them. You can’t measure…

Leigh Halfpenny

Wales 19-26 Samoa: The Verdict

DEMOLITION DERBY. Those are the two words that spring to mind after this game. The hits were fearsome, the tackle contest was ferocious and Samoa so effectively shut Wales down…

Justin Tipuric

Wales v Samoa: The Preview

The best way to describe Wales' performance against Argentina is flat. There was no energy, no spark and certainly none of the pizzazz that is now expected from the men…

Sailosi Tagicakibau didnt want to join in the group hug

Sailosi Tagicakibau – London Irish and Samoa

‘The Samoan Superman’ and London Irish wing took some time out before the 2010 Autumn Internationals had kicked off to chat about banter, church services, and being wary of Seilala…