Samoa at the Rugby World Cup

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Map of nations best results, excluding nations which unsuccessfully participated in qualifying tournaments.
Samoa performing their Siva Tau before playing South Africa at the 2007 Rugby World Cup

Western Samoa have played in every Rugby World Cup since the 1991 Rugby World Cup. Their omission from the inaugural tournament in 1987 was controversial, as there were no qualifications. Their worst World Cup was in 2007 and 2015 when they finished fourth in their pool.

Nation Number of appearances First appearance Most recent appearance Streak Best result
 Samoa 8 1991 2019 8 Quarter finals, 1991, 1995

By position[edit]

By match[edit]

1991 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool 3 matches –

Team
P W D L PF PA Pts
 Australia 3 3 0 0 79 25 6
 Western Samoa 3 2 0 1 54 34 4
 Wales 3 1 0 2 32 61 2
 Argentina 3 0 0 3 38 83 0
6 October 1991
Wales  13–16  Western Samoa
Tries: Emyr, Evans
Con: Ring
Pen: Ring
Tries: Vaega, Vaifale
Con: Vaea
Pen: Vaea (2)
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Referee: Patrick Robin France

9 October 1991
Australia  9–3  Western Samoa
Pen: Lynagh (3) Pen: Vaea

13 October 1991
Argentina  12–35  Western Samoa
Tries: Teran
Con: Arbizu
Pen: Laborde, Arbizu
Tries: Tagaola (2), Lima (2), Bunce, Bachop
Con: Vaea (4)
Pen: Vaea
Sardis Road, Pontypridd
Referee: Brian Anderson Scotland

Quarter final

19 October 1991
Scotland  28–6  Western Samoa
Tries: Jeffrey (2), Stanger
Con: Hastings (2)
Pen: Hastings (4)
Pen: Vaea
Drop goals: Bachop
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: Derek Bevan Wales


1995 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool B games –

Team
Pld W D L PF PA Pts
 England 3 3 0 0 95 60 9
 Western Samoa 3 2 0 1 96 88 7
 Italy 3 1 0 2 69 94 5
 Argentina 3 0 0 3 69 87 3


4 June 1995
England  44–22  Western Samoa
Tries: Rory Underwood (2), Neil Back
Con: Jon Callard
Pen: Jon Callard
Drop: Mike Catt
Tries: Fata Sini (2), Mike Umaga
Con: Tupo Fa'amasino (2)
Pen: Tupo Fa'amasino
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 20 000
Referee: Patrick Robin France

Quarter finals –

10 June 1995
South Africa  42–14  Western Samoa
Tries: Chester Williams (4), Chris Rossouw, Mark Andrews
Con: Gavin Johnson (3)
Pen: Gavin Johnson (2)
Tries: Shem Tatupu, Tu Nu'uali'itia
Con: Tupo Fa'amasino (2)
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Attendance: 52 000
Referee: Jim Fleming Scotland


1999 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Qualified for quarter-finals
Qualified for quarter-final play-offs

Pool D games –

Team
P W D L PF PA Pts
 Wales 3 2 0 1 118 71 7
 Samoa 3 2 0 1 97 72 7
 Argentina 3 2 0 1 83 51 7
 Japan 3 0 0 3 36 140 3
3 October 1999
Samoa  43–9  Japan
Tries: Brian Lima (2), Afato So'oalo (2), Silao Leaega
Con: Silao Leaega (3)
Pen: Silao Leaega (4)
Pen: Keiji Hirose (3)
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Referee: Andrew Cole Australia

10 October 1999
Argentina  32–16  Samoa
Tries: Alejandro Allub
Pen: Gonzalo Quesada (8)
Drop: Gonzalo Quesada
Tries: Peter Paramore
Con: Silao Leaega
Pen: Silao Leaega (3)
Stradey Park, Llanelli
Referee: Wayne Erickson Australia


Quarter final playoffs –

20 October 1999
Scotland  35–20  Samoa
Tries: Cameron Murray, Martin Leslie
Con: Kenny Logan
Pen: Kenny Logan (5)
Drop:Gregor Townsend
Tries: Brian Lima, Semo Sititi
Con: Silao Leaega (2)
Pen: Silao Leaega (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,000
Referee: David McHugh Republic of Ireland


2003 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool C matches –

Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 England 4 4 0 0 34 255 47 +208 3 19
 South Africa 4 3 0 1 27 184 60 +124 3 15
 Samoa 4 2 0 2 18 138 117 +21 2 10
 Uruguay 4 1 0 3 6 56 255 -199 0 4
 Georgia 4 0 0 4 1 46 200 -154 0 0
15 October 2003
Samoa  60–13  Uruguay
Tries: Fa'asavalu (2), Lima (2), Tagicakibau, Fa'atau, Lemalu, Vili, Feaunati, Palepoi
Con: Va'a (3), Vili (2)
Tries: Capo, Lemoine
Pen: Aguirre
Subiaco Oval, Perth
Attendance: 22,020
Referee: David McHugh Republic of Ireland

19 October 2003
Georgia  9–46  Samoa
Pen: Jimsheladze (2)
Drop: Jimsheladze
Tries: Tagicakibau, Vaa'a, Sititi, So'oialo, Feaunati, Lima
Con: Va'a (5)
Pen: Va'a (2)
Subiaco Oval, Perth
Attendance: 21,507
Referee: Alain Rolland Republic of Ireland

26 October 2003
England  35–22  Samoa
Tries: Back, Penalty try, Balshaw, Vickery
Con: Wilkinson (3)
Pen: Wilkinson (2)
Drop: Wilkinson
Tries: Sititi
Con: Va'a
Pen: Va'a (5)
Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Attendance: 50,647
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan South Africa

1 November 2003
South Africa  60–10  Samoa
Tries: van Niekerk, Muller, Hougaard, Smith, Willemse, Fourie, van der Westhuyzen, de Kock
Con: Hougaard (5), Koen (2)
Pen: Hougaard
Drop: Hougaard
Tries: Palepoi
Con: Va'a
Pen: Va'a
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 48,496
Referee: Chris White England

2007 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool A matches

Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 South Africa 4 4 0 0 24 189 47 +142 3 19
 England 4 3 0 1 11 108 88 +20 2 14
 Tonga 4 2 0 2 9 89 96 −7 1 9
 Samoa 4 1 0 3 5 69 143 −74 1 5
 United States 4 0 0 4 7 61 142 −81 1 1
9 September 2007
16:00
South Africa  59–7  Samoa
Tries: Habana (4) 33' m, 56' c, 66' c, 76' m
Montgomery (2) 40+' c, 53' m
Fourie 47' c
JP Pietersen 80+' c
Con: Montgomery (5/8)
Pen: Montgomery (3/3) 3', 10', 15'
Report Try: Williams 18' c
Con: Williams (1/1)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 46,575
Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand)
16 September 2007
16:00
Samoa  15–19  Tonga
Pen: Williams (5/6) 6', 21', 23', 29', 69' Report Try: Taione 60' c
Con: Hola (1/1)
Pen: Hola (4/5) 3', 38', 47', 67'
22 September 2007
16:00
England  44–22  Samoa
Tries: Corry (2) 2' c, 76' c
Sackey (2) 32' c, 80+' m
Con: Wilkinson (3/4)
Pen: Wilkinson (4/6) 15', 22', 33', 72'
Drop: Wilkinson (2/3) 6', 69'
Report Try: Polu 47' c
Con: Crichton (1/1)
Pen: Crichton (5/5) 9', 12', 38', 40+, 42'
Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
Attendance: 37,022
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)
26 September 2007
20:00
Samoa  25–21  United States
Tries: Fa'atau 5' m
Tuilagi 9' c
Thompson 37' c
Con: Crichton (2/3)
Pen: Crichton (2/2) 30', 72'
Report Tries: Ngwenya 53' c
Stanfill 79' m
Con: Hercus (1/2)
Pen: Hercus (3/4) 32', 65', 75'

2011 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 South Africa 4 4 0 0 21 166 24 +142 2 18
 Wales 4 3 0 1 23 180 34 +146 3 15
 Samoa 4 2 0 2 9 91 49 +42 2 10
 Fiji 4 1 0 3 7 59 167 −108 1 5
 Namibia 4 0 0 4 5 44 266 −222 0 0

Pool D matches

14 September 2011
14:30
Samoa  49 – 12  Namibia
Try: Fotuali'i 1' c
Tuilagi (3) 17' c, 35' m, 55' c
Williams 59' c
Penalty try 70' c
Con: T. Pisi (2/2)
Williams (2/3)
Pen: T. Pisi (2/2) 10', 24'
Williams (1/1) 53'
Report Try: van Wyk 63' m
Kotzé 79' c
Con: Kotzé (1/2)
Samoa
FB 15 Paul Williams Temporarily suspended from 40' to 50' 40' to 50'
RW 14 Sailosi Tagicakibau
OC 13 George Pisi
IC 12 Seilala Mapusua Substituted off 50'
LW 11 Alesana Tuilagi
FH 10 Tusi Pisi Substituted off 28'
SH 9 Kahn Fotuali'i Substituted off 50'
N8 8 George Stowers
OF 7 Maurie Faasavalu
BF 6 Taiasina Tuifua Substituted off 29'
RL 5 Kane Thompson Substituted off 62'
LL 4 Daniel Leo
TP 3 Anthony Perenise Substituted off 53'
HK 2 Mahonri Schwalger (c) Substituted off 57'
LP 1 Sakaria Taulafo
Replacements:
HK 16 Ti'i Paulo Substituted in 57'
PR 17 Census Johnston Substituted in 53'
LK 18 Joe Tekori Substituted in 62'
FL 19 Ofisa Treviranus Substituted in 29'
SH 20 Junior Poluleuligaga Substituted in 50'
CE 21 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu Substituted in 50'
FH 22 Tasesa Lavea Substituted in 28'
Coach:
Samoa Fuimaono Tafua
Namibia
FB 15 Chrysander Botha
RW 14 Danie Dames
OC 13 Danie van Wyk Sent to blood bin 51' to 56'
IC 12 Piet Van Zyl
LW 11 Llewellyn Winkler
FH 10 Theuns Kotzé
SH 9 Eugene Jantjies
N8 8 PJ van Lill Substituted off 67'
OF 7 Jacques Burger (c)
BF 6 Rohan Kitshoff Temporarily suspended from 66' to 78' 66' to 78'
RL 5 Henk Franken Substituted off 50'
LL 4 Heinz Koll
TP 3 Raoul Larson Substituted off 75'
HK 2 Hugo Horn Substituted off 60'
LP 1 Johnny Redelinghuys Substituted off 60' Substituted in 75'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bertus O'Callaghan Substituted in 60'
PR 17 Jané du Toit Substituted in 60'
N8 18 Nico Esterhuyse Substituted in 50' Sent to blood bin 56' to 67'
FL 19 Renaud van Neel Substituted in 56'
SH 20 Ryan de la Harpe
CE 21 Darryl de la Harpe Substituted in 51' Substituted off 56'
WG 22 TC Losper
Coach:
Namibia Johan Diergaardt

Man of the Match:
George Stowers (Samoa)

Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Jérôme Garces (France)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)


18 September 2011
15:30
Wales  17 – 10  Samoa
Try: Williams 67' m
Pen: Hook (2/3) 12', 27'
Priestland (2/2) 43', 66'
Report Try: Perenise 40+' c
Con: Williams (1/1)
Pen: Williams (1/3) 21'
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance: 30,804
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Wales
FB 15 James Hook Substituted off 41'
RW 14 George North
OC 13 Jonathan Davies
IC 12 Jamie Roberts
LW 11 Shane Williams
FH 10 Rhys Priestland
SH 9 Mike Phillips
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau
OF 7 Sam Warburton (c)
BF 6 Danny Lydiate Substituted off 10'
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones Substituted off 69'
LL 4 Luke Charteris
TP 3 Adam Jones
HK 2 Huw Bennett Substituted off 63'
LP 1 Paul James Substituted off 63'
Replacements:
HK 16 Lloyd Burns Substituted in 63'
PR 17 Gethin Jenkins Substituted in 63'
LK 18 Bradley Davies Substituted in 69'
FL 19 Andy Powell Substituted in 10'
SH 20 Tavis Knoyle
SH 21 Scott Williams
CR 22 Leigh Halfpenny Substituted in 41'
Coach:
New Zealand Warren Gatland
Samoa
FB 15 Paul Williams
RW 14 Sailosi Tagicakibau Substituted off 56'
OC 13 George Pisi
IC 12 Seilala Mapusua Substituted off 70'
LW 11 Alesana Tuilagi
FH 10 Tasesa Lavea Substituted off 69'
SH 9 Kahn Fotuali'i
N8 8 George Stowers
OF 7 Maurie Fa'asavalu
BF 6 Ofisa Treviranus Substituted off 77'
RL 5 Kane Thompson
LL 4 Daniel Leo Substituted off 69'
TP 3 Anthony Perenise Substituted off 70'
HK 2 Mahonri Schwalger (c) Substituted off 73'
LP 1 Sakaria Taulafo
Replacements:
HK 16 Ti'i Paulo Substituted in 73'
PR 17 Census Johnston Substituted in 70'
FL 18 Joe Tekori Substituted in 69'
N8 19 Manaia Salavea Substituted in 77'
SH 20 Jeremy Su'a Substituted in 69'
FH 21 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu Substituted in 70'
CR 22 James So'oialo Substituted in 56'
Coach:
Samoa Fuimaono Tafua

Man of the Match:
Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)

Touch judges:
Romain Poite (France)
Jérôme Garces (France)
Television match official:
Giulio De Santis (Italy)


25 September 2011
15:30
Fiji  7 – 27  Samoa
Try: Talei 67' c
Con: Luveniyali (1/1)
Report Try: Fotuali'i 62' m
Stowers 70' c
Con: Williams (1/1)
Pen: Pisi (4/6) 6', 10', 27', 45'
Drop: Pisi (1/2) 12'
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 60,327
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Fiji
FB 15 Kini Murimurivalu
RW 14 Vereniki Goneva
OC 13 Gabiriele Lovobalavu
IC 12 Seremaia Bai Substituted off 64'
LW 11 Napolioni Nalaga
FH 10 Nicky Little Substituted off 58'
SH 9 Nemia Kenatale Substituted off 61'
N8 8 Sisa Koyamaibole
OF 7 Malakai Ravulo Substituted off 56'
BF 6 Netani Talei
RL 5 Leone Nakarawa
LL 4 Sekonaia Kalou Substituted off 65'
TP 3 Deacon Manu (c) Substituted off 68'
HK 2 Sunia Koto
LP 1 Campese Ma'afu
Replacements:
HK 16 Talemaitoga Dautu Tuapati Substituted in 75'
PR 17 Setefano Somoca Substituted in 68'
LK 18 Rupeni Nasiga Substituted in 65'
FL 19 Akapusi Qera Substituted in 56'
SH 20 Vitori Buatava Substituted in 61'
CE 21 Albert VuliVuli Substituted in 64'
FB 22 Waisea Luveniyali Substituted in 58' Substituted off 75'
Coach:
Fiji Sam Domoni
Samoa
FB 15 Paul Williams
RW 14 Sailosi Tagicakibau
OC 13 George Pisi Substituted off 53'
IC 12 Seilala Mapusua
LW 11 Alesana Tuilagi
FH 10 Tusi Pisi Substituted off 64'
SH 9 Kahn Fotuali'i
N8 8 George Stowers
OF 7 Maurie Fa'asavalu Substituted off 40'
BF 6 Taiasina Tuifua
RL 5 Kane Thompson Substituted off 63'
LL 4 Daniel Leo
TP 3 Census Johnston Substituted off 53' Substituted in 71'
HK 2 Mahonri Schwalger (c) Substituted off 66' Substituted in 75'
LP 1 Sakaria Taulafo Substituted off 71'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ti'i Paulo Substituted in 66' Substituted off 75'
PR 17 Anthony Perenise Substituted in 53'
LK 18 Filipo Levi Substituted in 63'
N8 19 Manaia Salavea Substituted in 40'
SH 20 Jeremy Su'a Substituted in 64'
FH 21 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu Substituted in 53'
CR 22 James So'oialo
Coach:
Samoa Fuimaono Tafua

Man of the Match:
Paul Williams (Samoa)

Touch judges:
George Clancy (Ireland)
Stuart Terheege (England)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)


30 September 2011
20:30
South Africa  13 – 5  Samoa
Try: Habana 9' c
Con: M. Steyn (1/1)
Pen: F. Steyn (1/3) 25'
M. Steyn (1/2) 27'
Drop: M. Steyn (0/1)
Report Try: Stowers 51' m
Con: T. Pisi (0/1)
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 29,734
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
South Africa
FB 15 Patrick Lambie
RW 14 JP Pietersen
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 François Steyn
LW 11 Bryan Habana Substituted off 47'
FH 10 Morné Steyn
SH 9 Fourie du Preez
N8 8 Pierre Spies Substituted in 62'
OF 7 Schalk Burger
BF 6 Heinrich Brüssow
RL 5 Victor Matfield (c)
LL 4 Danie Rossouw Sent to blood bin 51' to 56' Substituted off 74'
TP 3 Jannie du Plessis
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis Substituted off 69'Substituted in 74'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira Substituted off 62'
Replacements:
HK 16 John Smit Temporarily suspended from 71' to 81' 71' to 81' Substituted in 69'
PR 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp Substituted in 62'
PR 18 CJ van der Linde
N8 19 Willem Alberts Substituted in 51'Substituted off 56'Substituted in 62'
LK 20 Francois Louw
SH 21 Francois Hougaard Substituted in 47'Substituted off 50'
CR 22 Jean De Villiers Substituted in 51'
Coach:
South Africa Peter de Villiers
Samoa
FB 15 Paul Williams Red card 70'
RW 14 David Lemi
OC 13 Seilala Mapusua
IC 12 Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu
LW 11 Alesana Tuilagi
FH 10 Tusi Pisi
SH 9 Kahn Fotuali'i
N8 8 George Stowers
OF 7 Maurie Fa'asavalu
BF 6 Taiasina Tuifua Substituted off 74'
RL 5 Kane Thompson
LL 4 Daniel Leo Substituted off 60'
TP 3 Census Johnston Substituted off 61'
HK 2 Mahonri Schwalger (c) Substituted off 78'
LP 1 Sakaria Taulafo Substituted off 78'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ole Avei Substituted in 78'
PR 17 Anthony Perenise Substituted in 60'
PR 18 Logovi'i Mulipola Substituted in 78'
LK 19 Joe Tekori Substituted in 61'
FL 20 Ofisa Treviranus Substituted in 74'
SH 21 Junior Poluleuligaga
CR 22 George Pisi
Coach:
Samoa Fuimaono Tafua

Man of the Match:
Schalk Burger (South Africa)

Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Stuart Terheege (England)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)



2015 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool B

Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 South Africa 4 3 0 1 23 176 56 +120 4 16
 Scotland 4 3 0 1 14 136 93 +43 2 14
 Japan 4 3 0 1 9 98 100 –2 0 12
 Samoa 4 1 0 3 7 69 124 –55 2 6
 United States 4 0 0 4 5 50 156 –106 0 0
20 September 2015 Samoa  25–16  United States Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton
26 September 2015 South Africa  46–6  Samoa Villa Park, Birmingham
3 October 2015 Samoa  5–26  Japan Stadium mk, Milton Keynes
10 October 2015 Samoa  33–36  Scotland St. James' Park, Newcastle


2019 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool A

Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 Japan 4 4 0 0 13 115 62 +53 3 19
 Ireland 4 3 0 1 18 121 27 +94 4 16
 Scotland 4 2 0 2 16 119 55 +64 3 11
 Samoa 4 1 0 3 8 58 128 –70 1 5
 Russia 4 0 0 4 1 19 160 –141 0 0


24 September 2019
19:15 JST (UTC+09)
Russia  9–34  Samoa (1 BP)
Pen: Kushnarev (2/2) 19', 26'
Drop: Kushnarev (1/1) 48'
Report Try: Leiua (2) 16' m, 80' m
Amosa 45' m
Fidow (2) 49' c, 53' c
Lee-Lo 63' m
Con: Pisi (2/5) 50', 54'
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya
Attendance: 22,564
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
30 September 2019
19:15 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Scotland  34–0  Samoa
Try: Maitland 30' c
Laidlaw 34' c
Penalty try (2) 57', 75'
Con: Laidlaw (2/2) 31', 36'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 9'
Drop: Hogg (1/1) 38'
Report
Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
Attendance: 27,586
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
5 October 2019
19:30 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Japan  38–19  Samoa
Try: Lafaele 28' c
Himeno 53' c
Fukuoka 76' m
Matsushima 80+5' c
Con: Tamura (3/4) 29', 55', 80+7'
Pen: Tamura (4/5) 3', 8', 24', 51'
Report Try: Taefu 73' c
Con: Taefu (1/1) 74'
Pen: Taefu (4/5) 10', 15', 34', 45'
12 October 2019
19:45 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Ireland  47–5  Samoa
Try: Best 4' c
Furlong 10' c
Sexton (2) 21' c, 39' m
Larmour 48' c
Stander 65' c
Conway 70' c
Con: Sexton (4/5) 5', 11', 23', 50
Carbery (2/2) 67', 72'
Report Try: J. Lam 26' m

Hosting[edit]

So far Western Samoa has not hosted any World Cup games, and has not put in bids for future tournaments. Due to the lack of facilities, and the small size of the island nation, it is unlikely it will do so in the future.

Portrayal on screen[edit]

Samoa can be seen playing South Africa in the feature film Invictus based on the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Davies, Gerald (2004) The History of the Rugby World Cup (Sanctuary Publishing Ltd, (ISBN 1860746020)
  • Farr-Jones, Nick, (2003). Story of the Rugby World Cup, Australian Post Corporation, (ISBN 0-642-36811-2)

Related Websites[edit]