Samoa national rugby sevens team

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Samoa
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Union Samoa Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s)Manu
Coach(es) Gordon Tietjens
Captain(s) Alatasi Tupou
Most caps Uale Mai (359 matches)
Top scorer Uale Mai (1,320)
Most tries Mikaele Pesamino (161)
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World Cup Sevens
Appearances6 (First in 1993 )
Best result3rd place, 1997, 2009 champions 2010

The Samoa national rugby sevens team, referred to as the Samoa Sevens or Manu Samoa 7s, competes in the annual World Rugby Sevens Series. Representing the tiny Polynesian country of Samoa with a population of about 180,000 the Samoa competes against some of the wealthiest countries in the world. [1] The Samoa sevens team is overseen by the Samoa Rugby Football Union, which oversees all of rugby union in Samoa.

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Samoa won the 2009–10 World Series [2] by winning four tournaments — the Hong Kong Sevens, [3] the USA Sevens, the Adelaide Sevens, and the Edinburgh Sevens. [4] Samoa has played at all Rugby World Cup Sevens finals tournaments since the championship began in 1993; its best finish was third place in 1997 and again in 2007.

Samoa 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.

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.[ citation needed ] 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. Samoa won the 1993 Hong Kong Sevens.

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Uganda v Samoa (20 March 2006)

Tournament history

Summer Olympics

Olympic Games record
YearRoundPositionPldWLDQualifying
Flag of Brazil.svg 2016 Did Not QualifyLost 12–19 to Spain in the final of the inter-continental qualifying tournament.
Total0 Titles0/1-----

In qualifying rounds for the 2016 Olympics, Samoa finished in third place at the 2015 Oceania Sevens Championship, meaning they didn't qualify directly for the Olympics as Oceania's representative. They instead went to the 2016 inter-continental final qualifying tournament, where they lost to Spain 12–19 in the final and failed to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

Rugby World Cup Sevens

At the 1993 Rugby World Cup, Samoa player Gordon Langkilde was arrested at the team hotel and charged with assault and battery after allegedly punching Welsh players after their match, resulting in broken facial bones to Welsh player Tom Williams, who had scored the winning try. [5] Langkilde pled guilty to misdemeanor charges, paid a fine, and was suspended from rugby for one year. [6]

Rugby World Cup Sevens Record
YearRoundPositionGamesWonLostDrewMost triesMost points
Flag of Scotland.svg 1993 Quarterfinals5th8620
Flag of Hong Kong 1959.svg 1997 Semifinals3rd6510
Flag of Argentina.svg 2001 Quarterfinals5th6420
Flag of Hong Kong.svg 2005 Plate finals9th8710
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 2009 Semifinals3rd5410
Flag of Russia.svg 2013 Plate finals10th6420
Flag of the United States.svg 2018 Challenge quarterfinals13th5320 Joe Perez (4) Alatasi Tupou (24)
TotalTwo bronze medals393090 Brian Lima (17) Brian Lima (101)

Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth record
YearRoundPositionPldWLD
Flag of Malaysia.svg 1998 Semifinalists4th7421
Flag of England.svg 2002 Semifinalists4th6240
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2006 Plate Semifinalists7th5230
Flag of India.svg 2010 Plate Winners5th6420
Flag of Scotland.svg 2014 Semifinalists4th6420
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2018 Group stage9th-T3120
TotalThree fourth-place finishes3016131

World Rugby Sevens Series

While long a solidly competitive side, Samoa emerged as contenders in the 2006-07 Sevens World Series, finishing third overall while winning two events — the Wellington Sevens and Hong Kong Sevens. The team reached the final four times in a row, playing against series favourite Fiji.

2009–10 IRB Sevens World Series

Samoa won the 2009–10 Series in large part due to 2010 World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year Mikaele Pesamino who led all players with 56 tries scored.[ citation needed ] Samoa were also helped by the efforts of half-back Lolo Lui, another nominee for 2010 Sevens Player of the Year, who scored 264 points. Samoa's third star that season was forward Alafoti Faosiliva, who scored 29 tries and was also a Sevens Player of the Year nominee.

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

2009–10 Itinerary [7]
LegVenueDateWinner
Dubai The Sevens 4–5 December 2009Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
South Africa Outeniqua Park, George 11–12 December 2009Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington 5–6 February 2010Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji
United States Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas 13–14 February 2010Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa
Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 19–21 March 2010Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium 26–28 March 2010Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa
London Twickenham 22–23 May 2010Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Edinburgh Murrayfield, Edinburgh 29–30 May 2010Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa

Overall Standings

2009–10 Standings [8]
Pos.CountryDubaiSouth Africa
(George)
New Zealand
(Welling­ton)
USA
(Las Vegas)
Australia
(Adelaide)
Hong KongEngland
(London)
Scotland
(Edin­burgh)
Overall
1Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 206202424301624164
2Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 2424162012251216149
3Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 126121616162420122
4Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 162024862086108
5Flag of England.svg  England 161216642061696
6Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 8881281020680
7Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 6160016016862
8Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 616616080052
9Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 4446606434
10Flag of the United States.svg  United States 00042080032
11Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada DNPDNP60DNP54015
12Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 00000001212

Sevens Series tournament Cup wins

EventVenueWinnerScoreRunner-up
2016 Paris Sevens Stade Jean Bouin Samoa29–26Fiji
2012 Dubai Sevens The Sevens Stadium Samoa26–15New Zealand
2012 USA Sevens Sam Boyd Stadium Samoa26–19New Zealand
2010 Edinburgh Sevens Murrayfield Stadium Samoa41–14Australia
2010 Hong Kong Sevens Hong Kong Stadium Samoa24–21New Zealand
2010 Adelaide Sevens Adelaide Oval Samoa38–10United States
2010 USA Sevens Sam Boyd Stadium Samoa33–12New Zealand
2008 London Sevens Westpac Stadium Samoa19–14Fiji
2007 Hong Kong Sevens Hong Kong Stadium Samoa27–22Fiji
2007 Wellington Sevens Westpac Stadium Samoa14–7Fiji
1993 Hong Kong Sevens Hong Kong Stadium Western Samoa14–12Fiji

In July 1997, the Government of Samoa changed the country's name from Western Samoa to Samoa. [9]

Team

Current squad

Former squads

Samoa team to the 2015 Pacific Games

Squad to 2015 Pacific Games: [10]

Samoa team to the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Notable former players

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. [12]

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Crowd at the 2009 Hong Kong Sevens.

Player records

The following table shows Samoa's statistical career leaders in the World Rugby Sevens Series. Players in bold are still active. Mikaele Pesamino is Samoa's top try scorer in the World Rugby Sevens Series. He was the overall top try score in both the 2006–07 (43 tries) and the 2009–10 (56 tries) seasons.

Most tries [13]
RankPlayerTries
1 Mikaele Pesamino 161
2 Uale Mai 142
3 Alafoti Faosiliva 127
4 Alatasi Tupou 96
5 Samoa Toloa 93

Coaches

The current coach is Gordon Tietjens, former coach of the New Zealand national rugby sevens team.

Past coaches include:

Other statistics

YearHostCup FinalPlate Final
WinnerScoreRunner-upWinnerScoreRunner-up
2009
Details
Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
24-12Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
7-0Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
2008
Details
Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
19-12Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
12-7Flag of Kenya.svg
Kenya
2004
Details
Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground Flag of England.svg
England
26 - 21Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
21 - 19Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
YearVenueCupPlate
WinnerFinal ScoreRunner-upWinnerFinal ScoreRunner-up
2010
Details
Westpac Stadium Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
19-14Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
26-22Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
2008
Details
Westpac Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
22-7Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
19-12Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg
Wales
YearVenueCupPlate
WinnerFinal ScoreRunner-upWinnerFinal ScoreRunner-up
2007 [14]
Details
San Diego, California Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
38 - 24Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
28 - 19Flag of Scotland.svg
Scotland
YearVenueCupPlate
WinnerFinal ScoreRunner-upWinnerFinal ScoreRunner-up
2005
Details
Outeniqua Park Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
21 - 19Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
17 - 5Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
YearVenueCupPlate
WinnerFinal ScoreRunner-upWinnerFinal ScoreRunner-up
2007
Details
Adelaide Oval Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
21-7Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
31-0Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
YearVenueCupPlate
WinnerFinal ScoreRunner-upWinnerFinal ScoreRunner-up
2007
Details
Murrayfield Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
34-5Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
31-7Flag of Kenya.svg
Kenya
YearVenueCupPlate
WinnerFinal ScoreRunner-upWinnerFinal ScoreRunner-up
2006
Details
Stade Jean-Bouin Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
33-12Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
31-12Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
YearVenueCupPlate
WinnerFinal ScoreRunner-upWinnerFinal ScoreRunner-up
2006
Details
National Stadium, Singapore Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
40-21Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
26-5Flag of France.svg
France
YearVenueCupPlate
WinnerFinal ScoreRunner-upWinnerFinal ScoreRunner-up
2006
Details
Twickenham Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
54-14Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
42-7Flag of Kenya.svg
Kenya
YearVenueCupPlate
WinnerFinal ScoreRunner-upWinnerFinal ScoreRunner-up
1998
Details
Hong Kong Stadium Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
28-19Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of South Korea.svg
South Korea
40–14Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
Papua New Guinea
YearVenueCupPlate
WinnerFinal ScoreRunner-upWinnerFinal ScoreRunner-up
1979
Details
HK Football Club Stadium Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
39-3Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
Papua New Guinea
13-10Flag of Hawaii.svg
Hawaii

See also

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