Samoa Rugby Union

  • Samoa Cancel UK Tour

    Samoa have been forced to cancel their UK tour due to the withdrawal of government funding. Samoa were due to play Cumbria on October 17th, along with giving the England Knights a trial game and finally providing opposition for Ireland. The RFL confirmed the withdrawal stating: “The decision by Samoa to withdraw from their proposed tour at this late stage is both surprising and very disappointing.” “As we understand it, their government’s decision to withdraw funding has led to this...

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  • World Rugby, England and Players Mobilised As Samoan RU Strugglhttp://www.runningrugby.com/admin#Roo

    ... the Pacific island nation’s governing body declared themselves bankrupt. The England players are also said to havew pledged to donate £1,000 each to their cause. World Rugby has said that it will investigate at the game's governance in Samoa after Samoa Rugby Union chair Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegao pleaded with the public at home for financial support this week, launching a fund-raising radio phone-in. "There may be some governance issues here that we need to take a closer look at," Brett Go...

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  • Guinness Series To Boost Irish Economy By €60 Million

    The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has estimated that the 2013 Guinness Series will bring in €60 million to the country's economy this November. Ireland play two Saturday evening kick-offs against Samoa on 9 November and Australia on 16 November and a Sunday game against New Zealand on 24 November and the hospitality industry and local retailers should be in for a good month as thousands of supporters seek out bars, restaurants, shops and hotels around Dublin. The IRFU has estimated that 4...

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  • Lam To Take Over At Connacht

    Connacht have announced Pat Lam as the successor to head coach Eric Elwood, with the 44-year-old signing a two-year deal. Lam will take the reins at the Irish province at the end of the season and his contract has an option to extend his stay at the club past the initial two years subject to certain conditions. The former Samoa international, who won the Heineken Cup with Northampton in 2000, recently finished a three-year stint in charge of the Blues in Super Rugby and says he is pleased to hav...

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  • RFL Test Appetite For Live-Streaming

    The RFL have taken the opportunity of the one-off test match between England and Samoa in May and the lack of any contractual restrictions covering the Australia-based game to test the market appetite for live streaming TV coverage. The game on May 6 – the last competitive match for England before the 2017 RLWC - will be streamed live across the UK and Europe on Rugby-league.com for a fee of £3.49. The game will also be available for free to any fan who buys a ticket for the Dacia Magic Weeke...

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  • IRB Investment to Bring a Taste of 2015

    The IRB's Strategic Investment (SI) in arranging international fixtures for priority Tier 2 and 3 Unions will bring a taste of 2015 to the UK and Ireland this November with international Rugby finding it's way to Colwyn Bay, Aberdeen, Limerick, Gloucester and Oxford as well as the more established international venues.      IRB International Rugby Series will feature 12 IRB Strategic Investment Unions are in addition to the Tier One v Tier Two fixtures within the international tours an...

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  • U20 Championship To Get Major Exposure

    World Rugby’s U20 Championship in Italy will be getting major exposure around the globe next month, with broadcasters taking it to more than 160 million homes in over 100 different countries. As teams arrive in northern Italy for the eighth edition of the tournament, organisers have revealed that the event from 2-20 June will be screened far and wide through 11 TV channels. Matches will be played at venues in Parma, Calvisano, and Viadana, with the final played in Cremona on 20 June. Subject t...

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  • Rugby Grows In US With Rise Of Crossover Competitors

    On the back of possible Rugby World Cup 2015 qualification and increased interest, more and more American footballers and basketball players are realising that Rugby Union would suit their skill set, writes Robert Kitson in The Guardian. The presence of American players at top Aviva Premiership sides such as Northampton’s Samu Manoa, Saracens’ Chris Wyles and Leicester’s Blaine Scully and the fact that the World Champions New Zealand are set to play a Test match in the US, most likely at S...

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  • BBC Ties Up Scotland’s Autumn Internationals

    The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) has signed a new deal with BBC Sport for the broadcast rights to the country’s autumn internationals for two more years. The annual fixtures are currently shown on the BBC and that agreement has now been extended for the 2014 and 2016 seasons, with autumn international matches not taking place in two years’ time because of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. The value of the deal has not been revealed but Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson is pleased w...

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  • WRU Continue Partnership with Dove

    The Welsh Rugby Union has signed a title sponsorship deal with Dove Men+Care™ for the four-Test autumn international series of matches at the Millennium Stadium in a major expansion of the link with the skincare brand. The Test matches in November against Argentina (Nov 10), Samoa (Nov 16), New Zealand (Nov 24), and Australia (Dec 1) will now be called the Dove Men Series. Dove Men+Care™ partnered with the WRU as title sponsors for the 2011 Summer series of matches and came on board again fo...

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