All Blacks Squad ‘Street Smart’ But Lions Are Toughest Opponent

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Samoa will play their seventh International against the All Blacks. New Zealand hasn't played Pacific cousins Samoa since 2015 in what was also a warm-up match. The spectacle at Eden Park, including the Tonga v Wales test match, will mean this All Blacks squad will be inspired to entertain their fans and send a message to every challenger. READ MORE


World Rugby U20 Championships: Day One Round-up

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Last Word on Rugby, by Aaron Tillyer. The World Rugby U20 Championships kicked off today in Georgia, with all 12 teams in action for the opening round of the pool stages. The reigning world champions England faced Samoa in a first-ever-meeting between the two sides. New Zealand, fresh from their recent Oceania U20 Championship win, were up […] READ MORE



Pacifica Rugby Has a Place in Super Rugby

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During the regular season, New Zealand Rugby and the Chiefs Super Rugby franchise made a public declaration of support for Pacifica Rugby. Not a piecemeal offer either, but a real validation to say publically “Pacifica Rugby Has a Place in Super Rugby”. They both; along with Sky Sport (NZ media broadcaster) promoted a round of […] READ MORE


Pacific Nations Cup: Samoa Defeat Tonga

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The Pacific Nations Cup has ended, with the final game seeing Samoa defeat Tonga 30-10 in front of a very vocal crowd at Apia Park. That loss denied the Tongans a victory to celebrate skipper Nili Latu’s 50th cap. The Samoans; who were unlucky against the Fijians last week, dictated play from the start to keep their hopes alive for qualification […] READ MORE


Dublin Sevens: Women’s Global Repechage Takes Center Stage

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The Olympic dream is so close for one of these teams competing at the Dublin Sevens Olympic repechage tournament this weekend, they can all ‘taste it’. The players only have to perform now over the round-robin matches and qualifying stages to achieve that goal–a Golden  opportunity. For the female athletes competing, the Women’s Global Repechage Takes […] READ MORE


Spain Wins Monaco Sevens Olympic Qualifier

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In a fabulous result for European rugby, Spain wins Monaco Sevens Olympic Qualifier after defeating Samoa 22-19 in a thrilling final. Played at the Stade Louis II stadium in Monaco, it was a fairytale ending to a rough journey for the Jose Ignacio Ichauista coached team. The win books the final men’s spot to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Spain, […] READ MORE


Fiji Retains 2016 Pacific Nations Cup

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Fiji has retained the Pacific Nations Cup for the second year in-a-row, as they had to come from behind [for the second week in a row] to beat Samoa 26-16. Scoring 16 unanswered points in the second half, the Fijian team had to pull all their ‘tricks out of the bag’ with Seremaia Bai; who was playing his […] READ MORE


Monaco Sevens: Last Stop on the ‘Road to Rio’

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The Monaco Sevens tournament being played this weekend will be the final Olympic qualification tournament on the ‘road to Rio’ for 16 nations all vying for that final spot available at the pinnacle of all sports. The World Rugby Olympic repechage tournament will be held from June 18-19th at the Stade Louis II in Monaco, which […] READ MORE


Pacific Nations Cup: Fiji Come From Behind To Beat Tonga

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In the Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) opening match against a tough Tongan side, Fiji have come from behind to win 23-18 to take a dramatic win. This was the first match of the PNC 2016 round of the World Rugby triangular tournament between Fiji, Tonga and Samoa to determine which side qualifies for 2019 Rugby World Cup, […] READ MORE