Samoa National Rugby Union Team
Exciting, adventurous and whole-hearted, generations of Samoan teams have embodied the best in Pacific Nations rugby. Together with their 'neighbours' Fiji and Tonga, Manu Samoa are the heartbeat of the Pacific Nations Cup and are perennial favourites as touring sides. Spectators can expect tough tackling, fiercely contested breakdowns and a run-it-from-anywhere sense of adventure. It all adds up to an exhilarating brand of rugby, and one of the must-see spectacles in the world game. Experience it for yourself with Samoa Rugby Union Tickets on StubHub!
Samoa rugby - a world of culture and tradition
The sport came to this part of the world in the 1920s, but you only have to witness the pre-match ritual of the Manu Sive Tau to realise that rugby runs deep in the Samoan psyche. Deriving their name from a Pacific Island warrior, this team bring a huge sense of national identity and belonging to the game - for its on-field leaders, the challenge is to balance and control the intensity.
Like other Pacific nations, Samoa has a complicated relationship with the bigger, culturally dominant rugby-playing nations. However, in the 1990s, former All Black Bryan Williams - of Samoan descent - successfully persuaded a number of New Zealand-born players to represent their ancestral nation, reversing the flow of talent away from Samoa. Leaders like prop Peter Fatialofa and the one-time Barbarian captain Pat Lam became iconic figures in the game. The mighty prop forward Census Johnson and the Pisi brothers have taken up the challenge as role models for a future generation.
Great encounters for Samoa
It was the first great generation of Samoan players who pulled off the team's first big shock. In the 1999 World Cup they beat the host nation, Wales, in the newly built Millennium Stadium. Brilliantly changing the angle of attack, the Samoan backs opened the Welsh defence for Stephen Bachop to pick the perfect running line for a memorable try. Great tactical kicking and a second, breakaway try made Bachop the star, but this was a true team victory.
This remained one of the team's stand-out performances until 2011, when Manu Samoa stunned the Wallabies with four tries in a convincing 32-23 win in Sydney. After a shock try on three minutes, Samoa were prepared for a fightback that never came. Instead, lock forward Kane Thompson powered over the line in the second half and George Pisi put the game out of sight, helped by a fine kicking game from Tusi at fly-half.
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