Samoa national rugby union team

The Samoan rugby union team, also called Manu Samoa, Samoa on the world stage in the sport of Rugby Union. It is classified by the World Association International Rugby Board (IRB ) in the second class strength ( second tier ). In 1987, the teams were invited for the first World Cup of the IRB. Samoa was not invited, but failed to qualify for all other world championships, reaching 1991 and 1995, with the quarter-finals their best result. She takes part each year ( up to 2005 off the Pacific Tri-Nations ) at the Pacific Nations Cup. The responsible organization is the Samoa Rugby Football Union. As part of the Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance, the Association organized sporadically Games of the Pacific Islanders, a common selection team of three Pacific States.

General situation

Samoa is one of the few countries where rugby union is the national sport. However, the country lost many talents, since they usually play in the professional leagues in Australia, Europe or New Zealand and are often naturalized by the destination country. Since the 1970s, it attracts a particularly large Samoans to New Zealand. The most famous New Zealand national player of Samoan origin Jerry Collins, Michael Jones (until 2008 coach ), Chris Masoe, Malili Muliaina, Rodney So'oialo, Isaia Toeava, Va'aiga Tuigamala and Tana Umaga. Samoans retain their original nationality, can not always be used freely, as especially English clubs rarely provide a release for official matches.


In 1920 the Marist Brothers led the sport in Western Samoa, four years later, the Western Samoa Rugby Football Union was founded. On August 18, 1924, the first international match took place in the capital Apia against Fiji as part of a three -nation tournament. Scan time was at 7 clock in the morning, so that the Samoans had afterwards plenty of time to get to work. From 1928 to 1955, no matches were organized. In 1960, with the New Zealand Māori team for the first time a guest which did not come from Fiji or Tonga.

With the introduction of the Pacific Tri-Nations in 1982, there were more ways to play, the Samoans decided the first edition of its own. The first game against a European team took place in 1986 at home against Wales. Samoa in 1987 were not invited to the first Rugby World Cup. 1988 organized by the Association for the first time ever on a tour to Europe. In a qualifying tournament in April 1990 in Tokyo, the Samoans secured the participation in the 1991 Rugby World Cup. Surprised you with first round victories against Wales and Argentina and made ​​it to the quarterfinals, where they failed to Scotland.

Also in the 1995 Rugby World Cup the Samoans were able to convince. With wins against Italy and Argentina, they came again before the quarter-finals, where they were denied by the eventual champions South Africa. After Rugby Union was opened in the same year for professional players, the association was with the New Zealand investment bank Fay Rich White into a cooperation and founded the Manu Samoa Rugby Limited, which has since been responsible for managing the national team.

In the 1999 Rugby World Cup Samoa beat Japan and host Wales, but lost in the second round again against Scotland. Four years later, at the 2003 Rugby World Cup Samoa was divided into a stronger preliminary round group that have become due to poor performance in qualifying. The two wins against Georgia and Uruguay were not enough for the quarter-final qualification. In the match against the eventual champions England the Samoans had led for a long time, finally lost but with 22:35. In the 2007 Rugby World Cup the Samoans again missed qualifying for the quarter-finals. Also at the World Cup 2011, only the third rank was achieved in the preliminary round Group D heavy. Where the games against Wales and South Africa were only narrowly lost.

The Siva Tau

Before each game, the Samoan players dance the Siva Tau, a war dance, the similarities with the New Zealand All Blacks Haka has. Also the national team in the Australian Football used this dance. The traditional Ma'ulu'ulu Moa was danced before 1991; the Siva Tau is regarded as aggressive and therefore suitable as better to match the players.

Le Manu Samoae malu ia ona fai o le faiva Le Manu Samoae malu ia ona fai o le faiva Le Manu Samoa lenei among others ou sau Leai se isi Manu le atu oi laulau Ua ou sai nei ma le mea atoa O lou malosi among others atoatoa Ia e faatafa ma e soso ese Leaga o lenei manu e uiga ese Le Manu Samoa Le Manu Samoa Le Manu Samoa e o mai hi I Samoa

Manu Samoa, may you succeed Manu Samoa, may you succeed Manu Samoa, here I come There is nowhere another Manu ( team ) Here I come completely prepared My strength is at its peak Make way and move aside Because this Manu is unique Manu Samoa Manu Samoa Manu Samoa reigns from Samoa



As of September 13, 2008

World Championships

  • World Cup 1987: Not Invited
  • World Cup 1991: Quarter-Finals (2 preliminary round wins)
  • 1995 World Cup: Quarter-Finals (2 preliminary round wins)
  • 1999 World Cup: second round (2 first round wins)
  • World Cup 2003: Preliminary Round ( 2 wins )
  • World Cup 2007: Preliminary Round ( 1 win )
  • World Cup 2011: Preliminary Round ( 2 wins )

Pacific Tri-Nations

Winner: 1982, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2005

Known player

  • Terry Fanolua
  • Daniel Farani
  • Pat Lam
  • Kas Lealamanu'a
  • David Lemi
  • Trevor Leota
  • Brian Lima
  • Opeta Palepoi
  • Elvis Seveali'i
  • Semo Sititi
  • Steven So'oialo
  • Sailosi Tagicakibau
  • Jeremy Tomuli
  • Freddie Tuilagi
  • Mike Umaga
  • Earl Va'a