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Encyclopedia > Samoa national rugby union team
Samoa
Union Samoa Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s) Manu Samoa
Coach Flag of New Zealand Michael Jones
Captain Semo Sititi
Team colours Team colours Team colours
Team colours
Team colours
Team colours
First international
Flag of Samoa Western Samoa 0 - 6 Fiji  Flag of Fiji
(18 August 1924)
Largest win
Flag of South Korea Korea 3 - 74 Western Samoa  Flag of Samoa
(1993)
Worst defeat
Flag of Australia Australia 73 -3 Western Samoa  Flag of Samoa
(1994)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1991)
Best result Quarter Finals, 1991, 1995
Flag of Samoa

The national rugby union team of Samoa is called Manu Samoa (the name of a famous Samoan chief some 10 generations ago). From 1924 to 1997 they were known as Western Samoa. They perform a traditional Samoan challenge called the siva tau before each game. They are members of the Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance (PIRA) along with Fiji and Tonga. They are ranked 10th in the world. They have recently been bankrolled by millionaire Sir Michael Fay, one of New Zealand's wealthiest men. Image File history File links Samoa_Rugby. ... The Samoa Rugby Football Union are the governing body of the sport of rugby union in Samoa. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Michael Niko Jones (born April 8, 1965 in Apia) has been named as one of the worlds greatest rugby union players of the all-time by The Times and also the 3rd greatest all black of all-time after Colin Meads and Sean Fitzpatrick respectively. ... Semo Sititi (born 06 March 1974 in Moto’otua, Samoa) is a Samoan rugby union footballer. ... Image File history File links left arm of kit template File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Kit_body_blue_white_stripe_collar. ... rightarm of kit template File links The following pages link to this file: Arsenal F.C. Ajax Amsterdam AZ Alkmaar A.S. Roma Torino Calcio A.C. Milan ACF Fiorentina Bristol City F.C. Charlton Athletic F.C. Chievo Verona Chelsea F.C. England national football team Wikipedia:WikiProject Football... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... socks of kit template File links The following pages link to this file: Arsenal F.C. Ajax Amsterdam AZ Alkmaar A.S. Roma Torino Calcio A.C. Milan ACF Fiorentina Bristol City F.C. Charlton Athletic F.C. Chievo Verona Chelsea F.C. England national football team Wikipedia:WikiProject Football... Image File history File links Flag_of_Samoa. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Fiji. ... is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Korea. ... The Korea national rugby union team represents Korea in international rugby union. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Samoa. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Samoa. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... For the rugby league competition, see Rugby League World Cup. ... This article is about the mens Rugby World Cup held in 1991. ... This article is about the mens Rugby World Cup held in 1991. ... The 1995 Rugby World Cup was the third Rugby World Cup. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Samoa. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... The Manu Siva Tau is a Samoan war dance, performed by the national rugby union team before each match. ... The Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance (PIRA) was set up in 2002 as a basis of co-operation between the Fiji, Samoa and Tonga Rugby Unions. ... The IRB World Rankings is a ranking system for mens national teams in rugby union. ... New Zealand Merchant banker, one of the richest ten men in that country, who backed New Zealands first Americas Cup campaign in 1987 that won through to challenge in the final before losing to the US. In 1988 Fay backed a challenge to Dennis Conners American team...


Rugby was introduced to Samoa in the early 1920s and a governing body was soon formed. The first international was played as Western Samoa against Fiji in August of 1924. Along with Tonga, these nations would meet regularly and eventually contest competitions such as the Pacific Tri-Nations - with Western Samoa winning the first of these. Samoa have been to every Rugby World Cup since the 1991 tournament. That tournament, along with the 1995 competition saw them make the quarter-finals. The Samoa Rugby Football Union are the governing body of the sport of rugby union in Samoa. ... Pacific Tri-Nations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... For the rugby league competition, see Rugby League World Cup. ... This article is about the mens Rugby World Cup held in 1991. ... The 1995 Rugby World Cup was the third Rugby World Cup. ...


Under their new coach, the All Blacks legend Michael Niko Jones (himself of Samoan descent and a Samoan international) they are working hard to create a side that will compete effectively in the 2007 Rugby World Cup where they are grouped with England, South Africa, Tonga and the United States. Manu Samoa play in blue and white uniforms. They are also not allowed to train on Sundays due to the fact that basically the whole of the team are strong Christians (as is their coach Michael Jones) Michael Niko Jones (born April 8, 1965 in Apia) has been named as one of the worlds greatest rugby union players of the all-time by The Times and also the 3rd greatest all black of all-time after Colin Meads and Sean Fitzpatrick respectively. ... The 2007 Rugby World Cup is the sixth Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international rugby union world championship inaugurated in 1987. ... First international (also the worlds first)  Scotland 4–1 England  (27 March 1871) Largest win  England 134–0 Romania  (17 November 2001) Worst defeat  Australia 76–0 England  (6 June 1998) The England national rugby union team is a sporting side that represents England in rugby union. ...

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History

The Marist Brothers brought the game of rugby to Western Samoa in 1920 and The Western Samoa Rugby Football Union was formed in 1924. On August 18, 1924 Western Samoa played its first international against Fiji in the capital Apia, the visitors winning 6-0. The match was played at 7am to allow the Samoans time to get to work afterwards and was played on a pitch with a large tree on the halfway line. The return match was won 9-3 by Samoa to draw the series. Logo of the Marist Brothers. ... The Samoa Rugby Football Union are the governing body of the sport of rugby union in Samoa. ... is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Apia, Samoa is the capital of Samoa. ...


In 1954 Western Samoan visited both Pacific Island neighbours Fiji and Tonga but waited a further 20 years before a tour of New Zealand took place. The Samoans won one of eight matches on that tour.


The traditional tri-series between Tonga, Fiji and Western Samoa was established in 1982 with Western Samoa winning the first tournament. Wales visited Western Samoa and won the test 32-16 at Apia. The tour led to a return visit to Wales which brought Western Samoa out of International limbo, although Western Samoa were not invited to the first Rugby World Cup in 1987. Pacific Tri-Nations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... First international  England 30 – 0 Wales  (19 February 1881) Largest win  Japan 0 – 98 Wales  (26 November 2004) Worst defeat  South Africa 96 – 13 Wales  (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the... For the rugby league competition, see Rugby League World Cup. ...


The following year a 14-match tour of Europe took place before a World Cup elimination series in Tokyo, which gave Western Samoa a place in the 1991 Rugby World Cup in Britain. They made a huge impact. After sweeping aside Wales 16-13 in Cardiff and defeating Argentina 35-12, and narrowly losing 3-9 to eventual champions Australia in their pool match, Western Samoa, a country with a population of 160,000, found itself in the quarterfinals against Scotland at Murrayfield. The Scots, however won comfortably, 28-6, but the Samoans were clearly the personality team of the tournament. For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... This article is about the mens Rugby World Cup held in 1991. ... This article is about the capital city of Wales. ... First international (also the worlds first)  Scotland 4 - 1 England  (27 March 1871) Largest win  Scotland 100 - 8 Japan  (13 November 2004) Worst defeat  Scotland 10 - 68 South Africa  (6 December 1997) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result 4th 1991 The Scotland national rugby union team... Murrayfield Stadium is a sports stadium in the capital of , Edinburgh, and is the home of Scottish Rugby Union. ...


Over the next two years the side had a number of notable wins. The most outstanding achievement were in Sevens where it won the 1993 Hong Kong and 1992 Middlesex Sevens. The 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa proved that the team belonged in top company. They again reached the quarterfinals after wins over Argentina and Italy, but were beaten 42-14 by the eventual winners South Africa. After the Cup, Manu Samoa made a 13-match tour of England and Scotland, drawing 15-15 with the Scots and going down 9-27 to England. The Middlesex Sevens is an invitation rugby union sevens tournament held annually during the summer at Twickenham stadium in London, England. ... The 1995 Rugby World Cup was the third Rugby World Cup. ... England Rugby is the name of the English national rugby union team. ...


With the advent of professional rugby in 1995 it was vital for Manu Samoa to developed a new administrative structure. This was made possible with Fay Richwhite and the Western Samoan Rugby Union joining forces to form Manu Samoa Rugby Limited, which now manages business for the team. Samoa emerged from the 1999 Rugby World Cup with honour intact after another shock 38-31 victory over host nation Wales in the pool stages. They again lost out to Scotland in the quarter final play-off. The 1999 Rugby World Cup, the first to be held in rugby unions professional era,[2] was hosted by Wales, with some matches also played in England, France, Scotland and Ireland. ... First international  England 30 – 0 Wales  (19 February 1881) Largest win  Japan 0 – 98 Wales  (26 November 2004) Worst defeat  South Africa 96 – 13 Wales  (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the...


Manu Samoa qualified for the 2003 Rugby World Cup with a 17-16 defeat by Fiji, Earl Va’a missing an injury-time penalty. They recovered to beat Tonga both home and away and avenged that Fijian defeat with a 22-12 win in Nadi. They ultimately had to settle for second place in the round robin, behind Fiji on points difference, and a place in the tougher of the two Rugby World Cup 2003 pools alongside automatic qualifiers England and South Africa. In one of the games of the tournament they led eventual champions England for most of the game before losing 22-35. The 2003 Rugby World Cup was the fifth rugby union world cup. ... Earl Vaa (born May 13, 1976) is a Samoan rugby union footballer. ... Sri Siva Subramaniya temple, a centre of worship for Fijis Hindu community and one of Nadis most visible landmarks. ...


The New Zealand Connection

Western Samoa's triumph in the 1991 Rugby World Cup was inspired by their assistant coach Bryan Williams who was a New Zealand born (but of Samoan descent) All Black great of the 1970s. The 1991 Samoan world cup team included many New Zealand born or raised players, the catalyst was Auckland prop Peter Fatialofa, who in 1989, became the first major New Zealand based player to decide to play for Samoa. By the time of the 1991 world cup several other New Zealand born Samoans like Pat Lam, Stephen Bachop, Frank Bunce and Apollo Perelini had joined him . It was around this time that players of Samoan descent, the children of the mass-migration of the 60s and 70s, were beginning to make large waves in New Zealand rugby. Some like Michael Jones were New Zealand born while others like Inga Tuigamala had immigrated at a young age. The number of Samoan born players to represent the All Blacks increased in the 1990s. However, many of these players have been educated in New Zealand from an early age, developing their rugby skills within the very challenging New Zealand secondary schools competition. Malili Muliaina, Jerry Collins, Isaia Toeava and Casey Laulala are just four of the many Samoan-born players who have chosen to represent New Zealand, after having been educated there. For the rugby league competition, see Rugby League World Cup. ... -1... Junior Malili Muliaina, known as Mils, is an international rugby union player for the New Zealand All Blacks. ... Jerry Collins (born 4 November 1980 in Apia, Samoa) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer and currently plays for the national team, the All Blacks. ... Isaia Toeava (born 15 January 1986 in Motootua, Samoa), is a professional rugby union player in New Zealand. ... Date of Birth: 03 May 1982 Place of Birth: Apia, Samoa Height: 1. ...


In recent times New Zealanders of Samoan descent have been key members of the All Blacks squad, including past New Zealand captain Tana Umaga. In some Test matches on their 2005 Grand Slam tour of the Home Nations New Zealand fielded a side packed with players of Samoan descent. New Zealand born players with Samoan parentage have also played for Samoa, such as Earl Va'a, Pat Lam and Lome Fa'atau. First international  Australia 3 - 22 New Zealand  (15 August 1903) Largest win  New Zealand 145 - 17 Japan  (4 June 1995) Worst defeat  Australia 28 - 7 New Zealand  (28 August 1999) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 1987 This article is about the Rugby Union team. ... Ionatana Falefasa Tana Umaga, ONZM, (IPA: , born May 27, 1973) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer and former captain of the national team, the All Blacks. ... A Grand Slam can be completed in two ways in rugby union. ... Home Nations (often written as the common noun home nations) is a term used to refer to the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom — England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — collectively but as separate entities, distinct from the United Kingdom as a state. ...


The rugby relationship that exists between New Zealand and Samoa is undoubtedly a complex one. Close ties exist between the two countries, these bonds first being formed with the start of mass Polynesian migration to New Zealand in the latter half of the twentieth century. Naturally, many players eligible for Samoa have chosen to play for the All Blacks, recognising the obvious potential for financial and sporting rewards. Also, unfortunately, because of current international eligibilty laws, many Samoans who commit themselves to playing for the All Blacks find that they are unable to play for the smaller nation when their dreams of pulling on the black shirt are unrealised.


World Cup record

Samoa performing their Siva Tau before playing South Africa at the 2007 Rugby World Cup
Samoa performing their Siva Tau before playing South Africa at the 2007 Rugby World Cup
Year(s) Result
1987 Did not participate.
1991 Qualified. Quarter-finals.
1995 Qualified. Quarter-finals.
1999 Qualified. Quater final play-off.
2003 Qualified. Pool stage.
2007 Qualified.

Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 532 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1361 pixel, file size: 526 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 532 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1361 pixel, file size: 526 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... The first Rugby World Cup took place in New Zealand and Australia in 1987, and was won by New Zealand. ... This article is about the mens Rugby World Cup held in 1991. ... The 1995 Rugby World Cup was the third Rugby World Cup. ... The 1999 Rugby World Cup, the first to be held in rugby unions professional era,[2] was hosted by Wales, with some matches also played in England, France, Scotland and Ireland. ... The 2003 Rugby World Cup was the fifth rugby union world cup. ... The 2007 Rugby World Cup is the sixth Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international rugby union world championship inaugurated in 1987. ...

Squad

The following players that were not considered due to injury: Upolu Samoa is a rugby union team controlled by the Samoa Rugby Union. ... Savaii Samoa is one of the Samoa rugby union two teams for the Pacific Rugby Cup. ... Official website www. ... The Hurricanes (formerly known as the Wellington Hurricanes) are a New Zealand rugby union team based in Wellington and representing the East Coast, Poverty Bay, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu, Wairarapa-Bush, Horowhenua-Kapiti and Wellington unions. ... Upolu Samoa is a rugby union team controlled by the Samoa Rugby Union. ... The Auckland Rugby Football Union is the governing body of rugby union in the Auckland isthmus territorial authority in the North Island in New Zealand. ... The Highlanders ( formerly known as Otago Highlanders), are a rugby union team from New Zealand. ... NEC Green Rockets is a successful Japanese rugby union team in the Top League. ... The Highlanders (formerly known as Otago Highlanders), are a rugby union team from New Zealand. ... The Wellington Rugby Football Union (WRFU) is the official governing body of rugby union in the city of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. ... Savaii Samoa is one of the Samoa rugby union two teams for the Pacific Rugby Cup. ... Upolu Samoa is a rugby union team controlled by the Samoa Rugby Union. ... Semo Sititi (born 06 March 1974 in Moto’otua, Samoa) is a Samoan rugby union footballer. ... NTT DoCoMo, Inc. ... Bristol Rugby are the first class rugby club in Bristol, England. ... Steven Sooialo (born 11 May 1977 in Apia, Samoa is a Samoan rugby union footballer. ... Official website www. ... Upolu Samoa is a rugby union team controlled by the Samoa Rugby Union. ... Upolu Samoa is a rugby union team controlled by the Samoa Rugby Union. ... Official website www. ... Brian Lima (born 25 January 1972 in Apia, Samoa) is a Samoan rugby union footballer. ... Bristol Rugby are the first class rugby club in Bristol, England. ... Anitelia Tuilagi is rugby union winger or outside centre. ... Official website www. ... The Irish Rugby Football Union Connacht Branch (the professional team of which which is run by Connacht Rugby) is one of four branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish province of Connacht. ... David Lemi (born 10 February 1982) is a professional rugby player who plays for on the wing Bristol Rugby in the Guinness Premiership. ... Bristol Rugby are the first class rugby club in Bristol, England. ... Lome Faatau (born 23 October 1975 in Wellington) is a rugby union player. ... The Hurricanes (formerly known as the Wellington Hurricanes) are a New Zealand rugby union team based in Wellington and representing the East Coast, Poverty Bay, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu, Wairarapa-Bush, Horowhenua-Kapiti and Wellington unions. ... Upolu Samoa is a rugby union team controlled by the Samoa Rugby Union. ... Savaii Samoa is one of the Samoa rugby union two teams for the Pacific Rugby Cup. ... Savaii Samoa is one of the Samoa rugby union two teams for the Pacific Rugby Cup. ... Upolu Samoa is a rugby union team controlled by the Samoa Rugby Union. ...

The Manu Samoa sevens team members can join the squad later on during the Pacific Nations Cup Justin Vaa (born on July 26, 1978, is a prop for the Samoan national rugby team and the Scottish club Glasgow Warriors in the Celtic League. ... Elvis Sevealii (born 20 June 1978 in Wellington, New Zealand) is a Samoan rugby union footballer. ... Henry Tuilagi is a Samoan rugby union footballer. ...


Notable Former Players

Patrick Richard Lam (born 29 September 1968 in Auckland) is a former rugby union footballer and head coach of Auckland. ... Trevor Leota (born 8 February 1975) is a Samoan rugby union footballer. ... Apollo Perelini (born 16 July 1969) is a Samoan dual code rugby international. ... Sailosi Tagicakibau (born 14 November 1982, Auckland, New Zealand) is a rugby union footballer who plays at wing/full back for London Irish. ... Vaaiga Lealuga Tuigamala (born September 4, 1969, Faleasiu, Samoa) is a Samoan rugby footballer. ... Fereti Tuilagi, his first name anglicised to Freddie, his surname pronounced Tuilangi (born 9 June 1971) is a Samoan rugby union footballer who previously played rugby league for St. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Brian Lima (born 25 January 1972 in Apia, Samoa) is a Samoan rugby union footballer. ...

See also

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Samoa national rugby union team

Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... For the rugby league competition, see Rugby League World Cup. ... Pacific Tri-Nations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... First match Queensland Reds 29 - 48 Pacific Islanders (20 June 2004) Largest win NSW Waratahs 21 - 68 Pacific Islanders (25 June 2004) Worst defeat Ireland 61 - 17 Pacific Islanders (26 November 2006) The Pacific Islanders rugby union team (usually known as just Pacific Islanders) are an international rugby union team... The Samoa Rugby Football Union are the governing body of the sport of rugby union in Samoa. ...

External links

  • Official website of Manu Samoa
  • Samoan rugby union news from Planet Rugby
  • Pacific Islanders Rugby Team Supporters Site
  • The information website for supporters of the Manu Samoa Rugby Team
  • World Cup 2007 Preview
  • Manu Samoa - World Cup 2007

 
 

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