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Way-too-early predictions for Rugby World Cup 2019

With one year to go until the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan, our writers take a look through each of the pools and decide where it will all be won and lost in 2019.

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Samoan arrested for World Cup altercation

Samoa Sevens player Gordon Langkilde has been arrested in connection with an off-field altercation with opposing Wales players during the recent Rugby World Cup Sevens, San Francisco Police said on Wednesday (AEST).

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Samoa PM berates players ahead of RWC qualifier

Samoa's rugby team have a double motivation heading into their Rugby World Cup qualifier against Germany, with the country's prime minister berating them for a run of defeats and telling them to quit if they lose.

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546dMartyn Thomas

Weekend predictions: November Tests

The end-of-year internationals return once again but who is set for a big Saturday night, which player will shine and who has a long weekend ahead?

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546dPA Sport

Vui: Samoa don't want donations from England

Samoa captain Chris Vui has accepted the decision of England's stars not to donate a portion of their £23,000 match fee to the Pacific Islanders by insisting it is not their battle to fight.

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547dPA Sport

Cole: English players paying Samoans unethical

Dan Cole sympathises with the plight of Samoa's players but insists it would be unethical for England stars to give them a portion of their match fee ahead of Saturday's autumn international.

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547dTom May

Samoa need a viable solution, not a short-term fix

The build-up to England's clash with Samoa at Twickenham has been dominated by details of the visiting union's financial status. But players should not be dragged into this conversation.

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548dPA Sport

England players decide against Samoa donation

England's players have opted against giving a portion of their match fee to their Samoan counterparts ahead of Saturday's clash at Twickenham.

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549dPA Sport

RFU to pay Samoa £75k goodwill gesture

The Rugby Football Union will still pay Samoa £75,000 as a goodwill gesture despite World Rugby revealing that the Pacific Island's governing body is not bankrupt.

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559dESPN Staff

November Tests: Who said what

The November Test series is in full swing with Tier 1 Nations involved in six Test matches across the UK and Europe on Saturday.

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562dPA Sport

Samoan Union set for RFU goodwill payment

The Rugby Football Union will make a goodwill payment of £75,000 to the Samoan Rugby Union after the association was declared bankrupt ahead of internationals against Scotland and England.

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562dESPN Staff

Samoa bankrupt; World Rugby reaffirms support

Samoan Prime Minister and Rugby Union chairman Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has cast a shadow over side's upcoming November internationals against Scotland, Romania and England by declaring the union bankrupt.

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700dPA Sport

Wales players overcome illness in Samoa win

Wales head coach Robin McBryde was full of praise for his players after they overcame a brutal sickness bug to seal a 19-17 victory over Samoa.

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702dESPN Staff

Thornton to debut for Wales vs. Samoa

Wales interim coach Robin McBryde has made seven changes to the side that beat Tonga for Friday's Test against Samoa at Apia Park.

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Cuthbert ruled out of Wales' trip to Samoa

Wales winger Alex Cuthbert has been ruled out of Friday's Test against Samoa with a shoulder injury, further depleting interim coach Robin McBryde's resources.

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Smith edges Perenara for All Blacks start

Aaron Smith has been given the nod at scrum-half in a formidable All Blacks line-up to face Samoa at Eden Park on Friday night.

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All Blacks skipper Read out of Samoa Test

Injured All Blacks captain Kieran Read has ruled himself out of the season-opening Test against Samoa, leaving him in a race to be fit to face the British and Irish Lions.

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729dSam Bruce

Mo'unga lauds 'unreal' Fijian experience

Crusaders fly-half Richie Mo'unga has backed calls for more Super Rugby games to be played in the Pacific Islands having sampled the "unreal" experience in Fiji last weekend.

2015 RankingsRugby World Cup

  • SAMOA14th
    TRIES SCORED 1st New Zealand : 25 Tries Scored
    NZL1st
    7
    25
  • SAMOA13th
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st New Zealand : 125 Points Difference
    NZL1st
    -55
    125