Samoa national rugby union team (sevens)

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Samoa Sevens
Logo Samoa Rugby.svg
Union Samoa Rugby Football Union
Coach(es) Viliamu Punivalu
Captain(s) Lolo Lui
Top scorer Uale Mai 1174
Most tries Mikaele Pesamino 151
Team kit
World Cup Sevens
Appearances 6 (First in 1993)
Best result 3rd place, 1997, 2009

The Samoa national rugby union team represent Samoa internationally in rugby sevens, a competitive sports tournament titled the IRB Sevens World Series which takes place annually in seven countries; United Arab Emirates, South Africa, New Zealand, United States, Hong Kong, Australia, England and Scotland.

Referred to as the Samoa Sevens or Manu Samoa 7s, they are the champions of the 2009–10 IRB Sevens World Series following a 15-12 victory against England in the semi-finals at the 2010 Edinburgh Sevens on 30 May. The semi-finals win at Murrayfield Stadium gave the team enough points to win the sevens world series for the first time in history.[1] Samoa Sevens went on to the finals to beat Australia and crowned winners of the 2010 Edinburgh Sevens.

The historic victory follows 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 is one of the smallest nations in the international series, competing against some of the wealthiest and high tech countries in the world.[4]

The team includes several of the highest points and try scorers in series history, Uale Mai and Mikaele Pesamino. 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]

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

History[edit]

First Samoa Rugby Union Ltd by Invitation Hong Kong Seven's selection Team was in November 1978, under the Leadership of former SRU Representative former Captain, Tuatagaloa Keli Tuatagaloa, former/late Rev-Dr Faitala Talapusi as Capt, Lemalu Roy Slade V/C (Brisbane), Rev Paul Gray (Melbourne), Peter Schmidt, Feausiga Sililoto, Andy Leavasa (USA), Salafuti Patu and others.

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[edit]

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[edit]

Samoa sevens team, 2009

Squad to 2014 London Sevens [6]

  • Lio Lolo
  • Faalemiga Selesele
  • Levi Asifa'amatala
  • Gregory Foe
  • Fautua Otto
  • Vavao Afemai
  • Ritchie Ah Chong
  • Tulolo Tulolo
  • Sofara Mai
  • Fale So'oialo
  • Samoa Toloa
  • Tila Mealoi

Win summaries[edit]

Event Venue Cup Plate Bowl Shield
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Winner Winner
2012 Dubai Sevens The Sevens Stadium
Samoa
26 - 15
New Zealand

Wales

Argentina

England
2012 USA Sevens Sam Boyd Stadium
Samoa
26 - 19
New Zealand

Kenya

Canada

France
2010 Edinburgh Sevens Murrayfield Stadium
Samoa
41 - 14
Australia

Scotland

Wales

Russia
2010 Hong Kong Sevens Hong Kong Stadium
Samoa
24 - 21
New Zealand

Australia

Canada

Hong Kong
2010 Adelaide Sevens Adelaide Oval
Samoa
38 - 10

United States

New Zealand

England

Japan
2010 USA Sevens Sam Boyd Stadium
Samoa
33 - 12

New Zealand

South Africa

United States

Scotland
2008 London Sevens Westpac Stadium
Samoa
19 - 14
Fiji

New Zealand

Australia

Spain
2007 Hong Kong Sevens Hong Kong Stadium
Samoa
27 - 22
Fiji

Wales

Russia
2007 Wellington Sevens Westpac Stadium
Samoa
14 - 7
Fiji

England

Tonga

Portugal
1993 Hong Kong Sevens Hong Kong Stadium
Western Samoa
14 - 12
Fiji

Tonga

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[edit]

Itinerary[edit]

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  New Zealand
South Africa Outeniqua Park, George 11–12 December 2009  New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington 5–6 February 2010  Fiji
United States Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas 13–14 February 2010  Samoa
Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 19–21 March 2010  Samoa
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium 26–28 March 2010  Samoa
London Twickenham 22–23 May 2010  Australia
Edinburgh Murrayfield, Edinburgh 29–30 May 2010  Samoa

Overall Standings[edit]

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  Samoa 20 6 20 24 24 30 16 24 164
2  New Zealand 24 24 16 20 12 25 12 16 149
3  Australia 12 6 12 16 16 16 24 20 122
4  Fiji 16 20 24 8 6 20 8 6 108
5  England 16 12 16 6 4 20 6 16 96
6  South Africa 8 8 8 12 8 10 20 6 80
7  Argentina 6 16 0 0 16 0 16 8 62
8  Kenya 6 16 6 16 0 8 0 0 52
9  Wales 4 4 4 6 6 0 6 4 34
10  United States 0 0 0 4 20 8 0 0 32
11  Canada DNP DNP 6 0 DNP 5 4 0 15
12  Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 12

Former players[edit]

Crowd cheering at the Hong Kong Sevens, 2009.

Other statistics[edit]

Year Host Cup Final Plate Final
Winner Score Runner-up Winner Score Runner-up
2009
Details
Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground
New Zealand
24-12
Samoa

Australia
7-0
South Africa
2008
Details
Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground
South Africa
19-12
England

Samoa
12-7
Kenya
2007
Details
Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground
New Zealand
31-21
Fiji

Argentina
15-14
Samoa
2004
Details
Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground
England
26 - 21
Fiji

Samoa
21 - 19
Argentina
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
2010
Details
Westpac Stadium
Fiji
19-14
Samoa

Australia
26-22
South Africa
2008
Details
Westpac Stadium
New Zealand
22-7
Samoa

South Africa
19-12
Wales
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
2007[10]
Details
San Diego, California
Fiji
38 - 24
Samoa

South Africa
28 - 19
Scotland
2005[11]
Details
Carson, California
New Zealand
34 - 5
Argentina

Fiji
24 - 21
Samoa
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
2007
Details
Outeniqua Park
New Zealand
33-9
Fiji

South Africa
12-7
Samoa
2005
Details
Outeniqua Park
Fiji
21 - 19
Argentina

Samoa
17 - 5
New Zealand
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
2007
Details
Adelaide Oval
Fiji
21-7
Samoa

Australia
31-0
South Africa
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
2007
Details
Murrayfield
New Zealand
34-5
Samoa

Fiji
31-7
Kenya
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
2006
Details
Stade Jean-Bouin
South Africa
33-12
Samoa

Fiji
31-12
Argentina
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
2006
Details
National Stadium, Singapore
Fiji
40-21
England

Samoa
26-5
France
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
2006
Details
Twickenham
Fiji
54-14
Samoa

South Africa
42-7
Kenya
Year Venue Cup Plate Bowl
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Winner
1998
Details
Hong Kong Stadium
Fiji
28-19
Samoa

South Korea

Morocco
Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Final Score Runner-up
1979
Details
HK Football Club Stadium
Australia
39-3
Samoa

Papua New Guinea
13-10
Hawaii

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ 2014 London Sevens
  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

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