Samoa

The Pacific Games Council (PGC) has formally approved Samoa as the host nation for the 2019 edition of the Pacific Games multi-sport event.

More than WST$350,000 (€119,000/$138,000) has been generated in a fundraiser for the Samoa Rugby Union after SRU chairman, and the Pacific Island nation’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, declared that the sport’s governing body was “insolvent”.

Samoa has today (Friday) been awarded hosting rights for the 2019 edition of the Pacific Games multi-sport event.

The Pacific Games Council (PGC) has confirmed that Guam, Samoa and Tahiti have submitted bids to host the 2019 edition of the Pacific Games multi-sport event, which had been due to take place in Tonga.

Samoa’s rugby players have denied claims that they have resolved a financial dispute with the Samoan Rugby Union despite the country’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, having said that a deal had been reached.

Samoa will host the 2010 ANZ Pacific Nations Cup, the International Rugby Board announced yesterday.

A brand new international Rugby League tournament, the Federation Shield, will kick off in England this autumn.

A new Pacific Five Nations rugby tournament involving teams from tier two unions Fiji, Japan, Samoa, and Tonga plus a NZ representative side will kick off in June 2006.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) will make the biggest investment in high performance rugby in its 120-year history, after pledging £30million to the sport.

An International Rugby Board (IRB) sponsored meeting in Brisbane has resulted in broad agreement on the way forward for an Asia-Pacific Rugby tournament.

Editorial Director reviews the issues of the past seven days.

Allegations of financial mismanagement aimed at the Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance (PIRA) could have wider implications for the future of rugby in the Pacific.

The Pacific Islanders fight for inclusion in an expanded Super 12 received backing from unexpected quarters, with Australian Prime Minister John Howard and his New Zealand counterpart Helen Clark supporting the Islanders Alliance.

The Pacific Islanders fight for inclusion in an expanded Super 12 received backing from unexpected quarters, with Australian Prime Minister John Howard and his New Zealand counterpart Helen Clark supporting the Islanders Alliance.

FIFA’s TV partner Infront Sports & Media has reached an exclusive agreement with Australian network SBS for the broadcast rights for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

The Oceania Football Confederation has voted in Tahiti’s Reynald Temarii as its new president.

UK commercial network ITV has reported an audience of more than 70 million viewers for its coverage of the opening rounds of the Rugby World Cup from Australia.

Organisers of the Rugby World Cup are to review security procedures after a fan invaded the pitch during South Africa’s match against Samoa at the weekend.

Building on the platform of this year's Rugby World Cup, Japan is lobbying to be included in the Southern Hemisphere's Super 12 series from 2006.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has scheduled a crisis meeting in November following the postponement of an inter-hemisphere team clash.

The 2002 Pacific Rim rugby tournament has been scrapped to make way for regional qualifiers for the 2003 World Cup, Japanese officials of the game have confirmed.

Australian rugby union chief John O'Neill is to push for a Super 15 series in 2003 with the addition of a combined Pacific team from Tonga, Samoa and Fiji.

A South Pacific rugby union team seems likely to become a reality with England proposed as its first opposition.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has defended its plan to stage an annual match between the northern and southern hemispheres after criticism from the Australian and New Zealand unions.

Sir Rodney Walker, the UK’s Rugby Football League (RFL) chairman, has rejected calls for his resignation after making losses at last year’s World Cup.

The Oceania Football Confederation's extraordinary congress called to elect a new president ended in disarray on Thursday without the vote being taken.

The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRFU) has announced that the All Blacks will play a Pacific rim Barbarians side in Tokyo in November.

Safety chiefs are checking the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff before this weekend?s World Cup game between Wales and Japan to ensure there is no repeat of last week's incident when a woman was injured by debris falling from the roof.

Australian rugby's most powerful administrator has warned British teams that they risk being snubbed by Australia if they persist in picking weakened squads to tour Down Under.

A bruising three-month battle for the FIFA presidency reaches a climax on Monday when Sepp Blatter and Lennart Johansson contest the biggest job in soccer.

A Dutch proposal to limit the number of countries allowed to bid to host the World Cup was rejected by FIFA's 51st Congress on Monday.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has recommended adding Fiji, Tonga and Western Samoa to the four-nation Pacific Rim championship.

The three southern hemisphere rugby superpowers have announced they would not in future accept tours from understrength United Kingdom teams.