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Samoa

# samoa - Sunday 27 July, 2014

From The Score Will Skelton’s even bigger 19-year-old brother signs for the Chiefs Mammoth

Will Skelton’s even bigger 19-year-old brother signs for the Chiefs

At over 140kg and 6 ft 9 ins, Cameron Skelton is a huge unit.

# samoa - Friday 4 July, 2014

From The Score All Blacks to finally play Test match in Samoa – report About Time

All Blacks to finally play Test match in Samoa – report

The world champions look to have answered the calls to travel to Apia for the first time.

# samoa - Friday 6 June, 2014

From The Score New Zealand and Samoa had a war dance-off at the JWC Intimidation

New Zealand and Samoa had a war dance-off at the JWC

Supporters in Auckland were treated to a rare and unique Haka vs. Siva Tau battle.

# samoa - Friday 30 May, 2014

From The Score ‘The All Blacks would have toured Nazi Germany’ – Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu Controversy

‘The All Blacks would have toured Nazi Germany’ – Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu

The former Samoan international centre posted a YouTube video questioning why New Zealand don’t visit Polynesia.

# samoa - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

From The Score VIDEO: Samoan rugby player sparks roars of laughter after his dive is exposed Red Faced This post contains videos

VIDEO: Samoan rugby player sparks roars of laughter after his dive is exposed

Let us hope the reaction of the crowd prevents any copycat attempts in the future.

# samoa - Monday 14 April, 2014

From The Score New Connacht signing Bundee Aki is forthright in targeting Irish caps Ambitions

New Connacht signing Bundee Aki is forthright in targeting Irish caps

‘Hopefully when the time is right and if I’m playing good footy, I can play for the Ireland international team.’

# samoa - Monday 25 November, 2013

From The Score Report card: Joe Schmidt’s opening Tests as Ireland coach Rate My Coach

Report card: Joe Schmidt’s opening Tests as Ireland coach

We got the red marker out for Ireland’s favourite former headmaster.

# samoa - Tuesday 12 November, 2013

From The Score Analysis: O’Mahony surges into leading role for Ireland Analysis

Analysis: O’Mahony surges into leading role for Ireland

We break down the blindside flanker’s best performance in an Ireland jersey, play-by-play.

From The Score Madigan hoping for Ireland bench role ahead of Jackson Bench Role

Madigan hoping for Ireland bench role ahead of Jackson

There is an argument to be made for having the Leinster man as back-up to Jonny Sexton ahead of his Ulster rival.

From The Score Tommy Bowe back to full fitness for Australia clash Injury Update

Tommy Bowe back to full fitness for Australia clash

Joe Schmidt looks likely to be able to call on the Ulster wing for Saturday’s encounter in Dublin.

# samoa - Monday 11 November, 2013

From The Score Analysis: Ireland’s defensive errors an area of concern Review

Analysis: Ireland’s defensive errors an area of concern

Joe Schmidt’s men will have been disappointed to give up four clean line-breaks against Samoa.

From The Score Northampton’s George Pisi cited over Bowe ‘tip tackle’ Crime And Punishment

Northampton’s George Pisi cited over Bowe ‘tip tackle’

If punished further, the Saints centre could potentially miss next month’s Heineken Cup fixtures against Leinster.

From The Score Samoan duo ‘recovering well’ after sickening clash Manu Samoa

Samoan duo ‘recovering well’ after sickening clash

Brando Vaaulu and Tusi Pisi were forced off in the second half of Saturday’s international in Dublin.

From The Score Ireland jump above Wales to 6th in the IRB world rankings Moving Up

Ireland jump above Wales to 6th in the IRB world rankings

We’re the biggest movers in the top 20 teams thanks to the five-try 40-9 win over Samoa.

From The Score Double try-scorer Kearney makes mark on Ireland debut New Cap

Double try-scorer Kearney makes mark on Ireland debut

The debutant impressed with two tries in a 21 minute cameo but played down his starting chances for next week.

# samoa - Sunday 10 November, 2013

From The Score In Pics: The dream Ireland debuts of Jack McGrath and Dave Kearney Flying Start This post contains images

In Pics: The dream Ireland debuts of Jack McGrath and Dave Kearney

The Leinster duo began their international careers in style yesterday against Samoa.

From The Score ‘I didn’t think I played that well’ – Jack McGrath’s high standards Debutant

‘I didn’t think I played that well’ – Jack McGrath’s high standards

The loosehead prop was man of the match on his international debut but says there is room for improvement.

# samoa - Saturday 9 November, 2013

From The Score Much work for Ireland to do ahead of Australian visit Analysis

Much work for Ireland to do ahead of Australian visit

Joe Schmidt should be content overall with the victory over Samoa, but there are certainly elements to work on.

From The Score ‘Samoa the appetiser, there’s a double main course to come’ — Schmidt Tasty

‘Samoa the appetiser, there’s a double main course to come’ — Schmidt

The new Ireland coach is already moving on to Australia and New Zealand.

From The Score Player ratings: here’s how the Irish team got on against Samoa Reaction

Player ratings: here’s how the Irish team got on against Samoa

How do you think Joe Schmidt’s men performed in Dublin?

From The Score BOD and D’Arcy set for record-equalling 51st Test together Partnership

BOD and D’Arcy set for record-equalling 51st Test together

The long-time Ireland centre partnership reaches another milestone this evening.

From The Score Great expectations not impacting group focus — Heaslip Track Record

Great expectations not impacting group focus — Heaslip

Today’s captain has no time to show sympathy for Joe Schmidt’s run of success.

From The Score Schmidt’s energy to push Ireland to win over Samoa Preview

Schmidt’s energy to push Ireland to win over Samoa

It may not be a perfect performance but a win is the minimum requirement for Ireland.

From The Score Shane Byrne: Ireland must be braced for super-charged Samoa Column

Shane Byrne: Ireland must be braced for super-charged Samoa

Samoa are no longer developing. They’ve arrived, says Ireland’s former hooker.

# samoa - Friday 8 November, 2013

From The Score Ireland v Samoa: 3 key battles to get Joe Schmidt off to a winning start November Tests

Ireland v Samoa: 3 key battles to get Joe Schmidt off to a winning start

Even with a handful of injuries, the Pacific Islanders have threats all over the field.

From The Score In pics: Captain’s Run for Ireland and Samoa as BOD watches on November Tests This post contains images

In pics: Captain’s Run for Ireland and Samoa as BOD watches on

Not to worry, Joe Schmidt filled in for the centre.

From The Score Henry catapulted into starring role as Ireland’s breakdown chief Groundhog

Henry catapulted into starring role as Ireland’s breakdown chief

The Ulster openside has been highlighted by Joe Schmidt and his teammates as a key man.

From The Score Meet the Kilbrittain man plotting Ireland’s downfall against Samoa Homegrown

Meet the Kilbrittain man plotting Ireland’s downfall against Samoa

Cork man Micheal Deasy is the strength and conditioning coach for Saturday’s visitors to the Aviva Stadium.

# samoa - Thursday 7 November, 2013

From The Score Fotuali’i to lead strong Samoan team against Ireland Team News

Fotuali’i to lead strong Samoan team against Ireland

The Northampton Saints live-wire captains Stephan Betham’s starting XV.

From The Score Schmidt goes for Jackson at 10, McGrath to make debut Team News

Schmidt goes for Jackson at 10, McGrath to make debut

The Ireland coach has picked his starting team for Saturday’s clash against Samoa in Dublin.

# samoa - Wednesday 6 November, 2013

From The Score Attacking spark Pisi looking to push Samoa to victory Analysis

Attacking spark Pisi looking to push Samoa to victory

However, the Hurricanes man has weaknesses in his kicking game that Ireland can target.

From The Score IRFU confirms that Australia test is a sell-out Full House

IRFU confirms that Australia test is a sell-out

The second game of the autumn schedule joins the New Zealand fixture in selling out.

From The Score Back to basics for Ireland at the line-out Set-piece

Back to basics for Ireland at the line-out

Kiwi forwards coach John Plumtree has been working the Irish players’ most fundamental skills.

# samoa - Tuesday 5 November, 2013

From The Score Photos: Ireland and Samoa step up prep for Saturday’s test Slideshow This post contains images

Photos: Ireland and Samoa step up prep for Saturday’s test

Both squads had full training sessions today and here are the best pics.

From The Score Samoan pack poses mammoth challenge for Plumtree and Ireland November Tests

Samoan pack poses mammoth challenge for Plumtree and Ireland

The Kiwi forwards coach is aware of the power Samoa will bring now that they are playing as a team.

From The Score The Chiropractor readying Samoa to crack Ireland Big Hits

The Chiropractor readying Samoa to crack Ireland

Brian Lima was one of the hardest hitters in rugby in his playing days and now runs Samoa’s defence.

From The Score Samoa’s breakdown ability is a danger for Ireland Analysis

Samoa’s breakdown ability is a danger for Ireland

Joe Schmidt’s men will need to be focused and effective at ruck time when they have possession.

From The Score The Siva Tau: the Samoan war dance Ireland will face Passion

The Siva Tau: the Samoan war dance Ireland will face

Here’s what Joe Schmidt’s men will be challenged with before Saturday’s test match in Dublin.

From The Score ROG’s record and goodbye Lansdowne Road: Ireland’s brief history with Samoa Memory Lane

ROG’s record and goodbye Lansdowne Road: Ireland’s brief history with Samoa

We’ve faced with Samoa or the Pacific Islands six times since 1988. It’s a game that always brings tries.

# samoa - Monday 4 November, 2013

From The Score 11 vital steps to surviving Irish rugby camp Activities

11 vital steps to surviving Irish rugby camp

Here’s the (unofficial) IRFU guide to staying sane in Carton House.

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