Samoa national rugby union team

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Samoa
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Nickname(s)Manu Samoa
Emblem Southern cross
Union Lakapi Samoa
Head coach Seilala Mapusua
Captain Jack Lam
Most caps Brian Lima (65)
Top scorer Tusi Pisi (245)
Top try scorer Brian Lima (31)
Home stadium Apia Park
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First colours
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World Rugby ranking
Current15 (as of 23 November 2020)
Highest7 (2013)
Lowest17 (2018)
First international
Western Samoa 0–6 Fiji
(Apia, Samoa; 18 August 1924)
Biggest win
Flag of Samoa.svgSamoa 115–7 Papua New Guinea Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
(Apia, Samoa; 11 July 2009)
Biggest defeat
New Zealand 101–14 Samoa
(New Plymouth, New Zealand; 3 September 2008)
World Cup
Appearances8 (First in 1991 )
Best resultQuarter-finals, 1991 and 1995
Website www.manusamoa.com

The Samoa national rugby union team (also known as Manu Samoa) represents Samoa in men's international rugby union and it is governed by the Samoa Rugby Union. The name Manu Samoa is in honour of a famous Samoan warrior. They perform a traditional Samoan challenge called the siva tau before each game. Samoa Rugby Union were formerly members of the Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance (PIRA) along with Fiji and Tonga. [1] They are ranked 15th in the world. [2]

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Rugby was introduced to Samoa in the early 1920s and a governing body was soon formed. The first international was played as Western Samoa against Fiji in August 1924. Along with Tonga, these nations would meet regularly and eventually contest competitions such as the Pacific Tri-Nations – with Western Samoa winning the first of these. From 1924 to 1997 Samoa was known as Western Samoa.

Samoa have been to every Rugby World Cup since the 1991 tournament. That tournament, along with the 1995 competition, saw them make the quarter-finals. Under their new coach, former New Zealand and Samoan international player Michael Jones, Samoa competed in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. However, Samoa had a dismal World Cup campaign, winning only one match and finishing fourth in their group. Samoa showed an improved performance at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, winning two matches by comfortable margins, and losing close matches to South Africa and Wales.

History

The Marist Brothers brought the game of rugby to Western Samoa in 1924 and The Western Samoa Rugby Football Union was formed in 1924. On 18 August 1924, Western Samoa played its first international against Fiji in the capital Apia, the visitors winning 6–0. The match was played at 7 am to allow the Samoans time to get to work afterwards and was played on a pitch with a large tree on the halfway line. The return match was won 9–3 by Samoa to draw the series.

In 1954 Western Samoan visited both Pacific Island neighbors Fiji and Tonga but had to wait a further 20 years before a tour of New Zealand took place. The Samoans won one of eight matches on that tour.

The traditional tri-series between Tonga, Fiji and Western Samoa was established in 1982 with Western Samoa winning the first tournament. Wales visited Western Samoa and won the test 32–16 at Apia. The tour led to a return visit to Wales which brought Western Samoa out of International limbo, although Western Samoa were not invited to the first Rugby World Cup in 1987.

The following year a 14-match tour of Europe took place before a World Cup elimination series in Tokyo, which gave Western Samoa a place in the 1991 Rugby World Cup in Britain. They made a huge impact. After sweeping aside Wales 16–13 in Cardiff and defeating Argentina 35–12, and narrowly losing 3–9 to eventual champions Australia in their pool match, Western Samoa, a country with a population of 160,000, found itself in the quarterfinals against Scotland at Murrayfield. The Scots won comfortably 28–6, but the Samoans were clearly the personality team of the tournament. One Welsh fan ruefully remarked after Wales's defeat, "It's a good job we weren't playing all of Samoa."

Over the next two years the side had a number of notable wins. The most outstanding achievement were in Sevens where it won the 1993 Hong Kong and 1992 Middlesex Sevens. The 1995 Rugby World Cup gin South Africa proved that the team belonged in top company. They again reached the quarterfinals after wins over Argentina and Italy, but were beaten 42–14 by the eventual winners South Africa. After the Cup, Manu Samoa made a 13-match tour of England and Scotland, drawing 15–15 with the Scots and going down 27–9 to England.

With the advent of professional rugby in 1995 it was vital for Manu Samoa to develop a new administrative structure. This was made possible with Fay Richwhite and the Western Samoan Rugby Union joining forces to form Manu Samoa Rugby Limited. Fay Richwhite invested $5 million from 1995 to 2004 into Samoan rugby. [3] [4]

Japan vs Samoa Rugby Match at Chichibunomiya Stadium on 17 June 2012, which was won by Samoa 27-26 Japan vs Samoa Rugby Matc 17 June 2012.jpg
Japan vs Samoa Rugby Match at Chichibunomiya Stadium on 17 June 2012, which was won by Samoa 27–26

Samoa emerged from the 1999 World Cup with its honor intact after another shock 38–31 victory over host nation Wales in the pool stages. They again lost out to Scotland in the quarter final play-off.

Manu Samoa qualified for the 2003 World Cup with a 17–16 loss against Fiji, Earl Va'a missing an injury-time penalty. They recovered to beat Tonga both home and away and avenged that Fijian defeat with a 22–12 win in Nadi. They ultimately had to settle for second place in the round robin, behind Fiji on points difference, and a place in the tougher of the two Rugby World Cup 2003 pools alongside automatic qualifiers England and South Africa. In one of the games of the tournament, they led eventual champions England for most of the game before losing 35–22.

Samoa qualified for the 2011 World Cup after beating Papua New Guinea 73–12 in Port Moresby on 18 July 2009. They won 188–19 on aggregate over two matches against Papua New Guinea, having won 115–7 at Apia Park the previous week. [5]

Samoa began their 2011 World Cup campaign preparation with a flying start, after registering an upset against No.2 ranked Australia with a four-try-to-two win of 32–23. [6]

Financial problems

In November 2017, Samoa's prime minister and SRU chairman Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi announced that the organisation was bankrupt, [7] although those claims were denied by world governing body World Rugby. [8]

World Cup record

Samoa performing their Siva Tau before playing South Africa at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Samoan Siva Tau.jpg
Samoa performing their Siva Tau before playing South Africa at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
YearResult
1987 Not invited
1991 Quarterfinals
1995 Quarterfinals
1999 Quarterfinal play-offs
2003 Pool stage
2007 Pool stage
2011 Pool stage
2015 Pool stage
2019 Pool stage

In one of the scenes of the feature film, Invictus , Western Samoa can be seen playing South Africa in the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Wins against Tier 1 nations

6 October 1991 Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg13–16 Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff  
Try: I Evans
Emyr
Con: Ring
Pen: Ring
Report Try: Vaega
Vaifale
Con: Vaea
Pen: Vaea (2)
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Flag of France.svg Patrick Robin (France)
13 October 1991 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg12–35 Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Sardis Road, Pontypridd  
Try: Teran Nougues
Con: Arbizu
Pen: Arbizu
Laborde
Report Try: Bachop
Bunce
Lima (2)
Tagaloa (2)
Con: Vaea (4)
Pen: Vaea
Attendance: 8,500
25 June 1994Samoa Flag of Samoa.svg 34–9Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Flag of Samoa.svg Moamoa  
Try: Lam
Lima (2)
Con: Kellett (2)
Pen: Kellett (5)
Report Pen: N Jenkins (3)
Referee: Flag of Australia (converted).svg Barry Leask (Australia)
27 May 1995 Italy  Flag of Italy.svg18–42 Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa Flag of South Africa.svg ABSA Stadium, East London  
Try: Cuttitta
Vaccari
Con: Domínguez
Pen: Domínguez
Drop: Domínguez
Report Try: Harder (2)
Kellett
Lima (2)
Tatupu
Con: Kellett (3)
Pen: Kellett (2)
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Flag of France.svg Joel Dume (France)
30 May 1995 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg26–32 Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa Flag of South Africa.svg ABSA Stadium, East London  
Try: Crexell
Penalty Try
Con: Cilley (2)
Pen: Cilley (4)
Report Try: Harder
Lam
Leaupepe
Con: Kellett
Pen: Kellett (5)
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Flag of New Zealand.svg Dave Bishop (New Zealand)
12 November 1996 Ireland  IRFU flag.svg25–40 Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa IRFU flag.svg Lansdowne Road, Dublin  
Try: Wallace
Con: Mason
Pen: Mason (6)
Report Try: Leaupepe
Patu
So'oalo
Vaega (2)
Con: Va'a (3)
Pen: Va'a (3)
Referee: Flag of Argentina.svg Santiago Borsani (Argentina)
14 October 1999 Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg31–38 Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Millennium Stadium, Cardiff  
Try: Thomas
Penalty Try (2)
Con: N Jenkins (2)
Pen: N Jenkins (4)
Report Try: Bachop (2)
Falaniko
Lam
Leaega
Con: Leaega (5)
Pen: Leaega
Attendance: 72,500
Referee: Flag of England.svg Ed Morrison (England)
8 July 2000Samoa Flag of Samoa.svg 43–24Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Samoa.svg Apia Park, Apia  
Try: Lima
Samania
So'oalo
Vaega
Vili
Con: Samania (3)
Pen: Samania (4)
Report Try: Checchinato
Moscardi
Stoica
Con: Pez (3)
Drop: Pez
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Flag of South Africa.svg Tappe Henning (South Africa)
24 November 2001 Italy  Flag of Italy.svg9–17 Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa Flag of Italy.svg Stadio Tommaso Fattori, L'Aquila  
Pen: Domínguez (3)
Report Try: Fa'atau
Pen: Leaega (2)
Vili (2)
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Robert G. Davies (Wales)
3 December 2005 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg12–28 Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa Flag of Argentina.svg Buenos Aires  
Try: Agulla
Fernández Lobbe
Con: Fernández Miranda
Report Try: Johnston
Sititi
Tagicakibau
Con: Warren (2)
Pen: Warren (2)
Drop: Warren
Referee: Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Nigel Owens (Wales)
17 July 2011 Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg23–32 Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa Flag of Australia (converted).svg Stadium Australia, Sydney  
Try: Ioane 37'
Giteau 70'
Con: Giteau (38', 71')
Pen: Giteau (40', 41', 57')
Report Try: Tuilagi 11'
Williams 28'
Thompson 45'
G Pisi 54'
Con: T Pisi (13', 29', 55')
Pen: T Pisi (3', 65')
Attendance: 29,908
Referee: Flag of South Africa.svg Marius Jonker (South Africa)
16 November 2012 Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg19–26 Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Millennium Stadium, Cardiff  
Try: Beck 32'
Con: Halfpenny (1/1) 33'
Pen: Halfpenny (4/5) 15', 28', 49', 61'
Report Try: Autagavaia 1' c
G Pisi 46' m
Leota 77' m
Con: T Pisi (1/3) 2'
Pen: T Pisi (3/6) 40', 56', 65'
Attendance: 44,329
Referee: Flag of France.svg Pascal Gauzère (France)
8 June 2013Samoa Flag of Samoa.svg 27–17Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of South Africa.svg Mr Price Kings Park, Durban  
Try: So'oialo 6' c
Tuilagi (2) 11' c, 62' c
Con: So'oialo (3/3) 8', 13', 64'
Pen: So'oialo (2/3) 53', 69'
Try: Lamont 49' m
Pen: Laidlaw (4/5) 10', 18', 31', 41'
Attendance: 9,753
Referee: IRFU flag.svg John Lacey (Ireland)
15 June 2013Samoa Flag of Samoa.svg 39–10Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of South Africa.svg Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit  
Try: Williams 20' c
Leiua 41' m
Leota 53' c
Tuifu'a 63' c
Va'aulu 72' c
Con: Williams (3/4) 21', 53', 64'
Anufe (1/1) 73'
Pen: Williams (2/3) 30', 51'
Try: Penalty try 70' c
Con: di Bernardo (1/1) 70'
Pen: Orquera (1/3) 27'
Referee: Flag of South Africa.svg Craig Joubert (South Africa)
14 June 2014 Samoa  Flag of Samoa.svg15–0Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Samoa.svg Apia Park, Apia  
14:00 WST (UTC+13)Pen: T. Pisi (5/7) 10', 24', 30', 47', 69'
Report
(In Italian)
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

Overall record

Men's World Rugby Rankings
Top 20 rankings as of 10 May, 2021 [9]
RankChange*TeamPoints
1Steady2.svgFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 094.20
2Steady2.svgFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 088.95
3Steady2.svgFlag of England.svg  England 085.44
4Steady2.svgIRFU flag.svg  Ireland 084.69
5Steady2.svgFlag of France.svg  France 084.27
6Steady2.svgFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 083.44
7Steady2.svgFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 083.08
8Steady2.svgFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 082.02
9Steady2.svgFlag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 080.31
10Steady2.svgFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 079.29
11Steady2.svgFlag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 076.87
12Steady2.svgFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 073.73
13Steady2.svgFlag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 071.44
14Steady2.svgFlag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 070.72
15Steady2.svgFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 070.65
16Steady2.svgFlag of the United States.svg  United States 068.10
17Steady2.svgFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 067.02
18Steady2.svgFlag of Romania.svg  Romania 066.22
19Steady2.svgFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 064.82
20Steady2.svgFlag of Russia.svg  Russia 062.71
21Steady2.svgFlag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 062.10
22Steady2.svgFlag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 061.23
23Steady2.svgFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 061.11
24Steady2.svgFlag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 061.04
25Steady2.svgFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 060.09
26Steady2.svgFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 057.71
27Steady2.svgFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 057.17
28Steady2.svgFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 054.12
29Steady2.svgFlag of Chile.svg  Chile 053.81
30Steady2.svgFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 053.13
*Change from the previous week
Samoa's historical rankings

See or edit raw graph data.

Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 10 May 2021 [9]

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Samoa national XV at test level up until 23 April 2020. [10]

OpponentPlayedWonLostDrawnWin %ForAgaDiff
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 431075%11182+29
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 6 15016.66%73238−165
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1100100.00%378+29
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 6600100.00%169103+66
Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands 3300100.00%10231+71
Flag of England.svg  England 8 0800.00%114292−178
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 53 2030337.74%9211049−128
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji XV 3 0300.00%2058−38
Flag of France.svg  France 40400.00%49156−107
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 5 13120.00%11591+24
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2200100.00%10843+65
IRFU flag.svg  Ireland 7 16014.29%108256−148
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 752071.42%175109+66
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 16115068.75%311501+190
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1100100.00%747+67
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 2200100.00%8925+64
Flags of New Caledonia.svg  New Caledonia 1100100.00%286+22
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 70700.00%72411−339
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 2200100.00%18819+169
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 20200.00%3749−12
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 12 11018.33%193332−139
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 9 0900.00%99431−332
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1100100.00%349+25
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1100100.00%2810+18
Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti 1100100.00%3311+22
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 653427451.56%1144973+171
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 752071.42%156128+28
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 1100100.00%6013+47
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 10 46040.00%180235−55
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 1100100.00%549+45
Total246104133942.28%49295505−576

Current squad

On 28 May, Samoa named a 31-man squad ahead of their matches against the Māori All Blacks and their 2023 Rugby World Cup qualifier with Tonga. [11]

Note: Caps correct as of 30 May 2021

Player Position Date of birth (age)CapsClub/province
Seilala Lam Hooker (1989-02-18) 18 February 1989 (age 32)16 Flag of France.svg Perpignan
Ray Niuia Hooker (1991-06-19) 19 June 1991 (age 29)8 Flag of New Zealand.svg Blues
JP Sauni Hooker (1997-07-07) 7 July 1997 (age 23)0 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Associates RUFC
Michael Ala'alatoa (c) Prop (1991-08-28) 28 August 1991 (age 29)5 Flag of New Zealand.svg Crusaders
Albert Anae Prop (1989-06-21) 21 June 1989 (age 31)0 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Rebels
Aki Seiuli Prop (1992-12-22) 22 December 1992 (age 28)0 Flag of Scotland.svg Glasgow Warriors
Kalolo Tuiloma Prop (1990-06-24) 24 June 1990 (age 30)0 Flag of New Zealand.svg Northland
Tietie Tuimauga Prop (1993-08-05) 5 August 1993 (age 27)0 Flag of New Zealand.svg Manawatu
Theo McFarland Lock (1995-10-16) 16 October 1995 (age 25)0 Flag of Samoa.svg Moamoa Roosters
Ben Nee-Nee Lock (1993-05-12) 12 May 1993 (age 28)1 Flag of Japan.svg Kamaishi Seawaves
Filo Paulo Lock (1987-11-06) 6 November 1987 (age 33)37 Flag of New Zealand.svg Manawatu
TJ Ioane Loose forward (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 32)25 Flag of Scotland.svg Glasgow Warriors
Jack Lam Loose forward (1987-11-18) 18 November 1987 (age 33)38 Flag of Japan.svg NEC Green Rockets
Alamanda Motuga Loose forward (1994-09-11) 11 September 1994 (age 26)1 Flag of New Zealand.svg Counties Manukau
Olajuwon Noah Loose forward (1989-12-28) 28 December 1989 (age 31)0 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Hunter Wildfires
Samuel Slade Loose forward (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 23)0 Flag of New Zealand.svg Counties Manukau
Henry Stowers Loose forward (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 (age 26)2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brumbies
Auvasa Faleali'i Scrum-half (1990-02-09) 9 February 1990 (age 31)4 Flag of New Zealand.svg Papatoetoe RFC
Dwayne Polataivao Scrum-half (1990-07-30) 30 July 1990 (age 30)16 Flag of New Zealand.svg Tasman
AJ Alatimu Fly-half (1993-03-25) 25 March 1993 (age 28)6 Flag of the United States.svg Seattle Seawolves
Rodney Iona Fly-half (1991-08-17) 17 August 1991 (age 29)3 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gordon
D'Angelo Leuila Fly-half (1997-01-18) 18 January 1997 (age 24)12 Flag of New Zealand.svg Fraser Tech RFC
Tomasi Alosio Centre (1992-01-29) 29 January 1992 (age 29)0 Flag of New Zealand.svg Hutt Old Boys Marist RFC
Neria Fomai Centre (1992-02-03) 3 February 1992 (age 29)0 Flag of New Zealand.svg Hawke's Bay
Stacey Ili Centre (1991-05-11) 11 May 1991 (age 30)1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Rebels
Henry Taefu Centre (1993-04-02) 2 April 1993 (age 28)7 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Force
Elisapeta Alofipo Wing (1997-12-11) 11 December 1997 (age 23)0 Flag of Samoa.svg Tama Uli Salelologa RC
Losi Filipo Wing (1997-12-29) 29 December 1997 (age 23)0 Flag of New Zealand.svg Bay of Plenty
Joe Perez Wing (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 28)0 Flag of Samoa.svg Lauli'i Lions
John Vaili Wing (1995-06-07) 7 June 1995 (age 26)2 Flag of Samoa.svg A'ana Chiefs
Ahsee Tuala Fullback (1989-08-23) 23 August 1989 (age 31)22 Flag of England.svg Northampton Saints

Player records

Most caps

#PlayerPosSpanMatStartSubWonLostDraw%
1 Brian Lima Wing 1991–2007656233231250.76
2 To'o Vaega Centre 1986–2001615653525158.19
3 Semo Sititi Flanker 1999–2009595093326055.93
4 Census Johnston Prop 2005–20175743142531144.73
5 David Lemi Wing 2004–2017544682131240.74
6 Zak Taulafo Prop 2009–2016443952022247.72
7 Opeta Palepoi Lock 1998–20054330132419055.81
8 Tusi Pisi Fly-half 2011–2019423841526136.90
Ofisa Treviranus Flanker 2009–20184232151724141.66
10 Mahonri Schwalger Hooker 2000–2011403371822045.00

Last updated: Ireland vs Samoa, 12 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [12]

Most tries

#PlayerPosSpanMatStartSubPtsTries
1 Brian Lima Wing 1991–20076562314029
2 Alesana Tuilagi Wing 2002–2015373529018
3 Semo Sititi Flanker 1999–2009595098517
4 Afato So'oalo Wing 1996–2001201828016
5 Lome Fa'atau Wing 2000–2007353147014
To'o Vaega Centre 1986–2001615657914
7 David Lemi Wing 2004–2017544686513
8 Ed Fidow Wing 2018–present121115010
George Leaupepe Centre 1995–2005262335010
10 Tupo Fa'amasino Centre 1988–199620200529
Alapati Leiua Centre 2013–present31292459
Elvis Seveali'i Centre 2000–200720164459

Last updated: Ireland vs Samoa, 12 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [13]

Most points

#PlayerPosSpanMatPtsTriesConvPensDrop
1 Tusi Pisi Fly-half 2011–201942245229572
2 Earl Va'a Fly-half 1996–200328174333310
3 Silao Leaega Fullback 1997–200219145221310
4 Brian Lima Wing 1991–20076514029000
5 Darren Kellett Fly-half 1993–199513137214312
6 Roger Warren Fly-half 2004–200812119013292
7 Gavin Williams Centre 2007–201016106518150
8 Tanner Vili Fly-half 1999–20063199420130
9 Alesana Tuilagi Wing 2002–2015379018000
10 Andrew Aiolupo Fullback 1983–19943789321110

Last updated: Ireland vs Samoa, 12 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [14]

Most matches as captain

#PlayerPosSpanMatWonLostDraw%PtsTries
1 Semo Sititi Flanker 2000–2007391920048.71459
2 Pat Lam Number 8 1995–199923813239.13102
3 David Lemi Wing 2012–201721910247.61357
4 Peter Fatialofa Prop 1990–199516115068.7592
5 Mahonri Schwalger Hooker 2009–20111358038.4600
6 Jack Lam Flanker 2018–present817012.50153
Chris Vui Lock 2017–present835037.5051
8 George Stowers Number 8 2008–2009743057.14102
9 Kahn Fotuali'i Scrum-half 2013–201740400.0030
Ofisa Treviranus Number 8 2015413025.0051
Alesana Tuilagi Wing 2015421162.5051

Last updated: Ireland vs Samoa, 12 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [15]

Most points in a match

#PlayerPosPtsTriesConvPensDropOppositionVenueDate
1 Gavin Williams Centre 3021000Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea Flag of Samoa.svg Apia 11/07/2009
2 Roger Warren Fly-half 240080Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga Flag of Samoa.svg Apia 29/05/2004
3 Andrew Aiolupo Fullback 231810Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo 08/04/1990
Silao Leaega Fullback 231340Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wrexham 03/10/1999
Toa Samania Fullback 231340Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Samoa.svg Apia 08/07/2000
6 Darren Kellett Fly-half 220251Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga Flag of Samoa.svg Moamoa04/06/1994
Ahsee Tuala Fullback 222600Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Germany.svg Heidelberg 14/07/2018
8 To'o Vaega Centre 211430Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Flag of Samoa.svg Apia 01/06/1991
Earl Va'a Fly-half 211520Flag of Georgia (1990-2004).svg  Georgia Flag of Australia (converted).svg Perth 19/10/2003
Roger Warren Fly-half 210341Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Flag of Samoa.svg Apia 09/07/2005

Last updated: Ireland vs Samoa, 12 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [16]

Most tries in a match

#PlayerPosPtsTriesConvPensDropOppositionVenueDate
1 Elvis Seveali'i Wing 204000Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Samoa.svg Apia 10/06/2000
Alesana Tuilagi Wing 204000Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga Flag of Samoa.svg Apia 02/07/2005
Esera Lauina Wing 204000Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea Flag of Samoa.svg Apia 11/07/2009
Robert Lilomaiava Wing 204000Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Colwyn Bay 09/11/2012
5 Tupo Fa'amasino Wing 123000Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo 08/04/1990
Brian Lima Centre 123000Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Flag of Samoa.svg Apia 01/06/1991
Afato So'oalo Wing 153000Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga Flag of Samoa.svg Apia 28/06/1997
Dominic Feau'nati Wing 153000Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek12/07/2003
Mikaele Pesamino Wing 153000Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Port Moresby 18/07/2009
Alesana Tuilagi Wing 153000Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia Flag of New Zealand.svg Rotorua 14/09/2011
Ed Fidow Wing 153000Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Samoa.svg Apia 30/06/2018

Last updated: Ireland vs Samoa, 12 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [17]

Coaches

PeriodNameNationality
1988–1995 Peter Schuster Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa
1996–1999 Bryan Williams Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
2000–2003 John Boe Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
2004–2007 Michael Jones Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
2008–2009 Niko Palamo Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa
2009–2011 Titimaea Tafua Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa
2011 Scott Wisemantel Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
2012–2015 Stephen Betham Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa
2016–2017 Alama Ieremia Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
2017–2018 Titimaea Tafua Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa
2018–2020 Steve Jackson Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
2020–present Seilala Mapusua Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa

The New Zealand connection

Western Samoa's triumph in the 1991 Rugby World Cup was inspired by their assistant coach Bryan Williams,[ citation needed ] who was a New Zealand-born (of Samoan descent) All Black great of the 1970s. The 1991 Samoan World Cup team included many New Zealand born or raised players; the catalyst was Auckland prop Peter Fatialofa, who in 1989, became the first major New Zealand-based player to play for Samoa. By the time of the 1991 World Cup several other New Zealand-born Samoans like Pat Lam, Stephen Bachop, Frank Bunce and Apollo Perelini had joined him. New Zealand born players with Samoan parentage have played for Samoa, such as Earl Va'a, Pat Lam and Lome Fa'atau.

The rugby relationship that exists between New Zealand and Samoa is a complex one. Close ties exist between the two countries, these bonds first being formed with the start of mass Polynesian migration to New Zealand in the latter half of the twentieth century. In the 2007 World Cup there were 14 New Zealand-born players in the Samoan squad. [18] The only team with more foreign born players in their squad was Italy who had 15. [18]

Strips

Manu Samoa play in blue and white uniforms, with the home strip consisting of blue jerseys, white shorts and blue socks and the away kit being with the colours reversed. Since 2007, the flag of Samoa has been featured on the left sleeve and pe'a-like patterns were incorpored into the jerseys. Sponsored logos appear on jerseys for matches other than the Rugby World Cup, where branding, except for equipment manufacturers, is not allowed.

See also

Notes

  1. We quit: SRU Samoa Observer
  2. "World Rugby Rankings". World Rugby.
  3. "Samoa's Prime Minister praises banker, Sir Michael Fay, for supporting Manu Samoa". Radio New Zealand International . 18 April 2004. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  4. "Fay: Samoans need change". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  5. "Samoa qualify for 2011 World Cup". BBC Sport. 18 July 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
  6. Samoa shock Australia with 32–23 win in Sydney BBC Sport, 17 July 2011
  7. "Union broke, P.M. admits". Samoa Observer. 7 November 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  8. "Autumn Tests: Samoa rugby not bankrupt, says World Rugby". BBC Sport. 20 November 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  9. 1 2 "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  10. Samoa rugby statistics
  11. "Manu Samoa names 13 new caps to face Māori All Blacks, Tonga". Radio New Zealand. 28 May 2021. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  12. http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_matches.html?id=15;type=team
  13. http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_tries.html?id=15;type=team
  14. http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_points.html?id=15;type=team
  15. http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_matches_captain.html?id=15;type=team
  16. http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_points_match.html?id=15;type=team
  17. http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_tries_match.html?id=15;type=team
  18. 1 2 "All those born abroad". Planet Rugby. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 2 October 2007.

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