CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — New Zealand, Australia and Fiji survived scares to make the semifinals at the Rugby World Cup Sevens on Saturday.
Host South Africa didn't and was dumped out in the quarterfinals 24-14 by Ireland in a big upset.
LAUTOKA, Fiji (AP) — Replacement hooker Seilala Lam scored two tries including the match-winner in the 70th minute as Samoa rallied to beat Fiji 23-20 Saturday to win the Pacific Nations Cup for the first time in eight years.
Hooker Ray Niuia scored three tries from lineout drives Saturday as Samoa rallied from 18-3 down in the first half to beat Tonga 34-18 and stay unbeaten after two rounds of the Pacific Nations Cup.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia and China continued their tit-for-tat diplomatic rivalry in the Pacific on Thursday as the foreign ministers from each country paid separate visits to island nations.
LONDON (AP) — South Africa lost its season-long lead of the rugby sevens world series for the first time last weekend. It could get the lead back on Sunday.
South Africa's failure to reach a tournament quarterfinal for the first time in nine years last weekend in France helped it to be overtaken in the standings by Argentina.
BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign minister met with the leaders of Samoa on Saturday on the third stop of an island-hopping tour aimed at deepening China's ties with Pacific nations.
The two sides signed an economic and technical cooperation agreement, a handover certificate for an arts and culture center and the Samoa–China Friendship Park, and an exchange of letters for a fingerprint laboratory for the police, a Samoan government news release said.
TOULOUSE, France (AP) — Olympic champion Fiji was on course to reach a third consecutive final on the world series at the France Sevens after a dramatic second day Saturday.
Fiji was through to a semifinal against Samoa on Sunday, when host France will face Ireland.
TOULOUSE, France (AP) — World series leader South Africa lost to Ireland for the first time when they opened the France Sevens on Friday.
Ireland won 21-12, clinching it late when Terry Kennedy beat his marker on the outside for his second try of the match.
SYDNEY (AP) — Fiji is set to host a Pacific Nations Cup tournament featuring Samoa, Tonga and Australia A from July 2-16.
World Rugby announced Thursday that the round-robin tournament will be played at Suva and Lautoka.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The first match of the season between New Zealand and Australian teams in the Super Rugby Pacific tournament was a convincing win for the Kiwis.
The Chiefs beat the New South Wales Waratahs 51-27 on Friday at Melbourne in the first match of the so-called Super Round when all five matches will be played in the Victorian state capital.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa has reported scores of new COVID-19 cases each day since detecting its first case of community transmission last week.
The South Pacific island nation of 200,000 people has been in lockdown since Saturday as it deals with its first outbreak of the pandemic.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa will go into lockdown from Saturday as it faces its first outbreak of COVID-19 after a woman who was about to leave the country tested positive.
Although health authorities have so far found just a single case, it is the first time Samoa has found any unexplained cases in the community and likely points to an undetected outbreak that has been going on for days or even weeks.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — After two years in which it was disrupted and diminished, Super Rugby was set to return on Friday in blockbuster form as an international tournament again and with two Pacific teams for the first time.
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — The United States needed a late converted try to prevent being upset by the host at the Spain Sevens on Friday.
The U.S. beat Spain 28-26 after Carlin Isles scored their fourth try and Steve Tomasin converted from in front of the posts.
MALAGA, Spain (AP) — Germany was invited to make up the numbers at the inaugural Spain Sevens and went beyond its brief by drawing with Australia 12-12 on Friday.
After a scoreless first half, Australia went ahead twice thanks to Nathan Lawson tries, only for Germany to draw at the death after a Tim Lichtenberg try from his own break was drop converted by Fabian Heimpel.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Moana Pasifika has signed veteran international prop Sekope Kepu in a move which adds considerable experience to its squad for their inaugural season in Super Rugby Pacific.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tonga is planning to go ahead with its northern hemisphere rugby tour this month despite the recent decision by Samoa to cancel its tour over COVID-19 concerns.
Samoa announced it would not tour because strict domestic border policies would not allow Samoa-based players to return home if they have been to countries with COVID-19 outbreaks.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — South Africa closed in on the rugby Sevens World Series title by cruising through the group stage undefeated and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Edmonton tournament on Saturday.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Winger Angelo Davids two tries in the opening five minutes to lead South Africa to a 38-5 win over Kenya and the Vancouver Sevens men's title.
The pair of tries in the final were among 10 that Davids, who has also played 15-a-side Super Rugby with South Africa's Stormers, scored in six matches in the two-day sevens tournament.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — South Africa and the U.S. both went undefeated through the group stage and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Vancouver Sevens World Series tournament on Saturday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — More than three months after winning an election which sparked a constitutional crisis, Samoa's first female prime minister was finally able to take office on Tuesday.
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa beat Tonga 37-15 and qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Samoa 37 (Ed Fidow, Jonathan Taumateine, Stacey Ili, Kalolo Tuiloma tries; Henry Taefu 4 conversions, 3 penalties), Tonga 15 (Jay Fonokalafi, Sione Tuipulotu tries; James Faiva conversion, penalty).
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa will bring its flair and giant-killing ability to the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France after beating Tonga 37-15 on Saturday and sweeping their their two-match qualifying series.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Center Henry Taefu scored a try among 20 points as Samoa beat Tonga 42-13 on Saturday in the first match of a two-leg Rugby World Cup qualifying series.
Taefu, who plays for the Perth-based Western Force in Super Rugby Australia, kicked two penalties to give Samoa a 6-3 lead at the end of a physical first half.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Samoan government says three home-based members of the Samoa Olympic weightlifting team will not be allowed to compete in Tokyo due to COVID-19 concerns in Japan.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Winger Shaun Stevenson scored two tries for the New Zealand Maori in a 35-10 victory over Samoa in a rain-swept rugby international on Saturday.
Stevenson touched down twice in the first half and fellow winger Sean Wainui also scored as the Maori took charge of the match, leading 21-7 at halftime.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa was plunged into a constitutional crisis Monday when the woman who won an election last month was locked out of Parliament and the previous leader claimed he remained in charge.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa appeared set to get its first woman leader after the nation's top court on Monday reinstated the results of a knife-edge election last month.
Two decisions by the Supreme Court have paved the way for Fiame Naomi Mata’afa to become prime minister of the small island nation.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Rugby has granted conditional approval for two Pacific Islands teams to join an Australia-New Zealand Super Rugby tournament beginning next year...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa’s main streets were eerily quiet on Thursday as the government stepped up efforts to curb a measles epidemic that has killed 62 people...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa’s government said Monday that another five children had died within the past day from a measles outbreak, bringing the death toll from the epidemic to more than 50 as authorities race to vaccinate the entire population...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Authorities said Monday that a measles epidemic sweeping through Samoa continues to worsen with the death toll rising to 25, all but one of them young children...
POCATELLO — American Samoa has been coined “football island,” a reputation built around producing premier gridiron talent in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Over 5,000 miles away, in the middle of the Mountain West, Idaho State University has its own version of island football.