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Samoa national rugby union team (sevens)

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The Samoa national rugby union team, referred to as the Samoa Sevens or Manu Samoa 7s, represents Samoa internationally in rugby sevens. The team competes on the annual Sevens World Series circuit, and won the 2009–10 World Series following a 15-12 victory against England in the semi-finals at the 2010 Edinburgh Sevens.[1] Samoa Sevens went on to defeat Australia in the final and were crowned winners of the 2010 Edinburgh Sevens. The historic victory followed three consecutive tournament wins in the world series, the Hong Kong Sevens,[2] the USA Sevens and the Adelaide Sevens.[3]

Representing the tiny Polynesian country of Samoa with a population of about 180,000 the Samoa Sevens team competes against some of the wealthiest and high tech countries in the world.[4]

Two of the highest points and try scorers in series history, Uale Mai and Mikaele Pesamino, played for Samoa. Pesamino was also named the 2010 IRB International Sevens Player of the Year, an honour which Uale Mai, a former team captain and one of the most capped players in the sport, had won in 2006. Captain Lolo Lui and teammate Alafoti Fa'osiliva had also been nominated.[5]

Samoa has played at all Rugby World Cup Sevens finals tournaments since the championship began in 1993, and won the third-place final in 1997 and 2007. The team has won four Oceania Sevens titles since the first competition in 2008. Samoa also won all four gold medals at the Pacific Games Sevens and Pacific Mini Games Sevens between 2007 and 2013, defeating Fiji in the final on each occasion.

Rugby union in Samoa is governed by the Samoa Rugby Football Union (SRU) which oversees the Samoa Sevens team and the 15-player Manu Samoa national team.

History

The first Samoan sevens team was selected in November 1978 to play at the invitation Hong Kong Sevens under the leadership of former SRU representative captain, Tuatagaloa Keli Tuatagaloa. The team included Rev-Dr Faitala Talapusi as captain, Lemalu Roy Slade (Brisbane) as vice-captain, Rev. Paul Gray (Melbourne), Peter Schmidt, Feausiga Sililoto, Andy Leavasa (USA), Salafuti Patu and others.

File:Uganda v Samoa try.jpg
Uganda v Samoa (20 March 2006)

In 2007, the team won both the Wellington Sevens and Hong Kong Sevens. Another past victory was the Hong Kong Sevens in 1993. In 2009, the team made the finals in the Dubai Sevens but lost to the New Zealand team.

While long a solidly competitive side, the Samoa Sevens emerged as true world contenders in the 2006-07 Sevens World Series, finishing third overall while winning two events. This new team has reached the final four times in a row, playing against series favourite Fiji.

Coaches

The current coach is Stephen Betham. Past coaches have included Lilomaiava Taufusi Salesa who trained the 1993 Hong Kong Sevens winning team. Other notable coaches who have led Samoa to sevens prominence were head coach Fuimaono Titimaea "Dicky" Tafua and his assistant Galumalemana Rudolph Moors. In the 2005 - 2006 IRB Sevens Circuit they managed to qualify to two finals (London and Paris) but failed to win any. The Samoa Sevens lost to South Africa in London and island rivals Fiji at Paris.

Fuimaono resigned from coaching in 2007 to his new post as Secretary to Samoa's Head of State, Tupua Tamasese Tufuga Efi. He would later return to coaching in 2009 as head coach of the 15s national team. Galumalemana took over as coach and after a disappointing team performance in the 2008–09 series was temporarily replaced by Lilomaiava Taufusi Salesa for the final two legs of the series. Stephen Betham was named as Galumalemana successor in 2009.

Current squad

File:Samoa Sevens Rugby Team.jpg
Samoa sevens team, 2009

Squad to 2014 Commonwealth Games:[6]

  • Afa Aiono
  • Levi Asifaamatala
  • Faalemiga Selesele
  • Lio Lolo
  • Saena Vili
  • Alatasi Tupou
  • Lolo Lui
  • Reupena Levasa
  • Tulolo Tulolo
  • Etiuefa Fiavaai
  • Samoa Toloa
  • Sonny Fereti
  • George Antaky

Win summaries

Event Venue Cup Plate Bowl Shield
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Winner Winner
2012 Dubai Sevens The Sevens Stadium 30x27px
Samoa
26 - 15 30x27px
New Zealand
30x27px
Wales
30x27px
Argentina
30x27px
England
2012 USA Sevens Sam Boyd Stadium 30x27px
Samoa
26 - 19 30x27px
New Zealand
Template:Country data KEN 30x27px
Canada
30x27px
France
2010 Edinburgh Sevens Murrayfield Stadium 30x27px
Samoa
41 - 14 30x27px
Australia
30x27px
Scotland
30x27px
Wales
30x27px
Russia
2010 Hong Kong Sevens Hong Kong Stadium 30x27px
Samoa
24 - 21 30x27px
New Zealand
30x27px
Australia
30x27px
Canada
Template:Country data HKG
2010 Adelaide Sevens Adelaide Oval 30x27px
Samoa
38 - 10
30x27px
United States
30x27px
New Zealand
30x27px
England
Template:Country data JPN
2010 USA Sevens Sam Boyd Stadium 30x27px
Samoa
33 - 12
30x27px
New Zealand
30x27px
South Africa
30x27px
United States
30x27px
Scotland
2008 London Sevens Westpac Stadium 30x27px
Samoa
19 - 14 30x27px
Fiji
30x27px
New Zealand
30x27px
Australia
30x27px
Spain
2007 Hong Kong Sevens Hong Kong Stadium 30x27px
Samoa
27 - 22 30x27px
Fiji
30x27px
Wales
30x27px
Russia
2007 Wellington Sevens Westpac Stadium 30x27px
Samoa
14 - 7 30x27px
Fiji
30x27px
England
30x27px
Tonga
30x27px
Portugal
1993 Hong Kong Sevens Hong Kong Stadium 30x27px
Western Samoa
14 - 12 30x27px
Fiji
30x27px
Tonga
30x27px
Romania

In July 1997, the Government of Samoa amended its constitution to change the country's name from Western Samoa to Samoa.[7]

2009-10 IRB Sevens World Series

Itinerary

The series' tournaments are identical to those in 2008–09 and span the globe, visiting five of the six populated continents.

The itinerary for the 2009–10 IRB Sevens World Series;

2009–10 Itinerary[8]
Leg Venue Date Winner
Dubai The Sevens 4–5 December 2009 23x15px New Zealand
South Africa Outeniqua Park, George 11–12 December 2009 23x15px New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington 5–6 February 2010 23x15px Fiji
United States Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas 13–14 February 2010 23x15px Samoa
Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 19–21 March 2010 23x15px Samoa
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium 26–28 March 2010 23x15px Samoa
London Twickenham 22–23 May 2010 23x15px Australia
Edinburgh Murrayfield, Edinburgh 29–30 May 2010 23x15px Samoa

Overall Standings

2009–10 Standings[9]
Pos. Country Dubai South Africa
(George)
New Zealand
(Wellington)
USA
(Las Vegas)
Australia
(Adelaide)
Hong Kong England
(London)
Scotland
(Edinburgh)
Overall
1 23x15px Samoa 20 6 20 24 24 30 16 24 164
2 23x15px New Zealand 24 24 16 20 12 25 12 16 149
3 23x15px Australia 12 6 12 16 16 16 24 20 122
4 23x15px Fiji 16 20 24 8 6 20 8 6 108
5 23x15px England 16 12 16 6 4 20 6 16 96
6 23x15px South Africa 8 8 8 12 8 10 20 6 80
7 23x15px Argentina 6 16 0 0 16 0 16 8 62
8 Template:Country data KEN 6 16 6 16 0 8 0 0 52
9 23x15px Wales 4 4 4 6 6 0 6 4 34
10 23x15px United States 0 0 0 4 20 8 0 0 32
11 23x15px Canada DNP DNP 6 0 DNP 5 4 0 15
12 23x15px Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 12

Former players

Other statistics

Year Host Cup Final Plate Final
Winner Score Runner-up Winner Score Runner-up
2009
Details
Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground 30x27px
New Zealand
24-12 30x27px
Samoa
30x27px
Australia
7-0 30x27px
South Africa
2008
Details
Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground 30x27px
South Africa
19-12 30x27px
England
30x27px
Samoa
12-7 Template:Country data KEN
2007
Details
Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground 30x27px
New Zealand
31-21 30x27px
Fiji
30x27px
Argentina
15-14 30x27px
Samoa
2004
Details
Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground 30x27px
England
26 - 21 30x27px
Fiji
30x27px
Samoa
21 - 19 30x27px
Argentina
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
2010
Details
Westpac Stadium 30x27px
Fiji
19-14 30x27px
Samoa
30x27px
Australia
26-22 30x27px
South Africa
2008
Details
Westpac Stadium 30x27px
New Zealand
22-7 30x27px
Samoa
30x27px
South Africa
19-12 30x27px
Wales
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
2007[10]
Details
San Diego, California 30x27px
Fiji
38 - 24 30x27px
Samoa
30x27px
South Africa
28 - 19 30x27px
Scotland
2005[11]
Details
Carson, California 30x27px
New Zealand
34 - 5 30x27px
Argentina
30x27px
Fiji
24 - 21 30x27px
Samoa
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
2007
Details
Outeniqua Park 30x27px
New Zealand
33-9 30x27px
Fiji
30x27px
South Africa
12-7 30x27px
Samoa
2005
Details
Outeniqua Park 30x27px
Fiji
21 - 19 30x27px
Argentina
30x27px
Samoa
17 - 5 30x27px
New Zealand
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
2007
Details
Adelaide Oval 30x27px
Fiji
21-7 30x27px
Samoa
30x27px
Australia
31-0 30x27px
South Africa
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
2007
Details
Murrayfield 30x27px
New Zealand
34-5 30x27px
Samoa
30x27px
Fiji
31-7 Template:Country data KEN
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
2006
Details
Stade Jean-Bouin 30x27px
South Africa
33-12 30x27px
Samoa
30x27px
Fiji
31-12 30x27px
Argentina
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
2006
Details
National Stadium, Singapore 30x27px
Fiji
40-21 30x27px
England
30x27px
Samoa
26-5 30x27px
France
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
2006
Details
Twickenham 30x27px
Fiji
54-14 30x27px
Samoa
30x27px
South Africa
42-7 Template:Country data KEN
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
1998
Details
Hong Kong Stadium 30x27px
Fiji
28-19 30x27px
Samoa
Template:Country data KOR 40–14 30x27px
Papua New Guinea
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
1979
Details
HK Football Club Stadium 30x27px
Australia
39-3 30x27px
Samoa
30x27px
Papua New Guinea
13-10 30x27px
Hawaii

See also

References

  1. ^ International Rugby Board, Retrieved 31 May 2010
  2. ^ "Samoa win Hong Kong Sevens". Times LIVE. 28 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Superb Samoa wins Adelaide Sevens". International Rugby Board. 21 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Hunter, Russell (22 March 2010). "A breathtaking achievement". Samoa Observer. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "NZ sevens players miss awards list". Television NZ. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  6. ^ IRB (16 July 2014). "Commonwealth Games Sevens squads: Latest". Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Constitution Amendment Act (No 2) 1997". Retrieved 27 November 2007. 
  8. ^ "2009/10 IRB Sevens World Series schedule set" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  9. ^ "Overall Standings". International Rugby Board. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  10. ^ Official 2007 Results
  11. ^ Official 2005 Results

External links

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