Samoa plays against Tonga in a PNC match last month in Apia. Photo: Moller Images
The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegao, has confirmed that the All Blacks will face Samoa in Apia on July 8, 2015.
The Samoan leader revealed the news on his weekly radio programme that a letter confirming the fixture had been received from the NZRU.
The fixture, to be played on a Wednesday, will be the first between the two countries ever to be played in Samoa.
Tuilaepa added that renovations would be carried out on Apia Park ahead of next year’s fixture, with help from overseas.
Given the timing of the fixture, it’s likely to be used as a warm-up match before the Rugby Championship begins, in a busy year before the Rugby World Cup in England.
The International Rugby Board has confirmed an unprecedented level of interest in hosting elite international Rugby Sevens events, underscoring the enormous global appeal of the newest Olympic sport.
As the expression of interest deadline closed on February 28, 25 Unions formally confirmed to the IRB their interest in hosting a round of the popular HSBC Sevens World Series from the 2015/16 season. Fourteen of the Unions are also interested in hosting the showcase men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2018.
Digby Ioane will head to Paris at the end of the year. Photo: Getty Images
Wallabies winger Digby Ioane will leave the Queensland Reds and Australian rugby later this year after signing a massive two-year contract with French glamour club Stade Francais.
It’s understood Ioane will reap almost $2.5 million but the deal will severely endanger his chances of playing in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Queensland Rugby Union chief executive Jim Carmichael on Thursday night confirmed French radio reports the world-class back would link with the Parisian club at the end of the year.
Ioane is regarded among the best wingers in the game and his loss is a major blow to both the Wallabies and the Reds.
The 16 skippers gear up for the HSBC Sevens World Series in Glasgow kicking off tomorrow. Photo: IRB
The European climax of the HSBC Sevens World Series kicks off in Scotland this weekend with round 8, the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens, at Scotstoun stadium on 4-5 May.
The event is a key stepping stone towards the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow in June, but in the short term several nations have their eyes fixed on battles at the top and bottom of the Series table.
Pat Summerall in a New York Giants uniform in 1960. Photo: AP
DALLAS – Pat Summerall was the calm alongside John Madden’s storm.
Over four decades, Summerall described some of the biggest games in America in his deep, resonant voice. Simple, spare, he delivered the details on 16 Super Bowls, the Masters and the U.S. Open tennis tournament with a simple, understated style that was the perfect complement for the “booms!” and “bangs!” of Madden, his football partner for the last half of the NFL player-turned-broadcaster’s career.
Summerall died Tuesday at age 82 of cardiac arrest, said University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center spokesman Jeff Carlton, speaking on behalf of Summerall’s wife, Cheri.
“Pat was my broadcasting partner for a long time, but more than that he was my friend for all of these years,” Madden said in a statement. “Pat Summerall is the voice of football and always will be.”
The Hong Kong final between Fiji and New Zealand was a show stopper in last year’s final. Photo: IRB
This weekend round 6 of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Hong Kong will break broadcast records for an individual Rugby Sevens event.
The International Rugby Board has announced that the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on 22-24 March will be aired live by 23 broadcasters in 144 countries, a new record for a single round of the Series, outstripping the previous highest in Dubai earlier this season.
Nineteen nations have competed so far on the 2012/13 Series with a further nine to take the stage in Hong Kong, where a 12-team pre-qualifying competition takes place alongside the main 16-team draw, increasing the number of key matches and the appeal for broadcasters.