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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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England prove they have plenty in reserve

England ended their autumn campaign in unbeaten fashion as Eddie Jones' much-changed side enjoyed a seven-try 48-14 victory over Samoa.

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381dMartyn 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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382dRob Bartlett

Preview: England vs. Samoa

With nine changes made to his starting XV, Eddie Jones is focused on developing England's strength in depth for the visit of Samoa - but their opponents should not be underestimated at Twickenham.

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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.

383dTom 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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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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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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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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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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McInally stars as Scots edge 11-try thriller

Scotland survived a second-half resurgence to overcome Samoa 44-38 in an 11-try epic and record their first home victory in the Gregor Townsend era.

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396dCillian O Conchuir

Samoa face enormous task against Scotland's lethal backline

The weight of expectation is firmly on Gregor Townsend's Scotland after a summer victory over Australia, while the bankruptcy of the Samoan Rugby Union has hung a cloud over preparations for the Pacific Island nation

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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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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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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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Evans brace saves Wales in Samoa

A late try from Scarlets winger Steffan Evans snatched a dramatic 19-17 win for Wales over Samoa in Apia.

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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.

2015 RankingsRugby World Cup

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