Having to rely on a play-off win against Germany, Samoa found it very tough to qualify for Japan.
Samoa Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide
How They Qualified
After coming third in the Pacific Tri-Nations behind Fiji and Tonga, Samoa had to go into a play-off with Germany to secure their qualification for the tournament. Over the two legs the islanders proved too strong securing an aggregate win of 108-43. They have gone into Group A.
Experienced backs Tusi Pisi and Paul Perez are vital, but it’s game-breakers like Sinoti Sinoti and beastly forwards Jack Lam, TJ Ioane and Ofisa Treviranus that fans want to see.
The Coach – Steve Jackson
Samoa had re-advertised the position of head coach while Titimaea Tafua was in the hot seat. He had won only two of seven Tests in charge, but those were the vital two against Germany. High-performance manager Zane Hilton was believed to be the man to step up, but it has since been announced that Auckland Blues assistant coach, Steve Jackson, will take up the head-coaching role.
Their lineout has been disastrous and on-field cohesion is always a big work-on too. They have incredible power but can they direct it?
Samoa Rugby World Cup Warm-ups
- Saturday 27 July 2019: Samoa 25-17 Tonga
- Saturday 3 August 2019: USA 13-10 Samoa
- Saturday 10 August 2019: Fiji 10-3 Samoa
- Saturday 7 September 2019: Australia v Samoa, Bankwest Stadium, Sydney, kick-off TBC
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Samoa Rugby World Cup Group
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Samoa Rugby World Cup Fixtures
- Tue 24 Sep Russia v Samoa (Kumagaya)
- Mon 30 Sep Scotland v Samoa (Kobe)
- Sat 5 Oct Japan v Samoa (Toyota)
- Sat 12 Oct Ireland v Samoa (Fukuoka)
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Samoa Rugby World Cup Squad
Samoa have named their squad for the upcoming Pacific Nations Cup which we have included below. We expect the Rugby World Cup squad to look largely similar dependent on results.
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Previous World Cup Results and Record
Samoa’s Rugby World Cup Record: P28 W12 D0 L16
- 1991 Quarter-finals
- 1995 Quarter-finals
- 1999 Quarter-final play-offs
- 2003 Pool stages
- 2007 Pool stages
- 2011 Pool stages
- 2015 Pool stages
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