As the eyes of the world prepare to turn their gaze on the Rugby World Cup, the game got an early reminder of the Pacific Island discussion that pops up all too regularly. It continues to be nothing but rhetoric, Craig Dowd writes.
The Wallabies wrapped up their preparations for the Rugby World Cup in Japan with a less-than-convincing 34-15 victory over Samoa at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday night.
World Rugby has defended its decision to allow Saturday's Pacific Nations Cup match between Samoa and Tonga to go ahead in Apia, after several players took umbrage with the playing surface post-match.
The Wallabies will play a a Test against Samoa in western Sydney in September to round off their Rugby World Cup match preparations.
Faiva Tagatauli, a former Samoa under-20 international, spent four days in hospital before dying on Thursday at the age of 27.
Washington Huskies linebacker Psalm Wooching was set to be drafted this week, but instead he has just returned from a trial at Top 14 side Pau. He tells Tom Hamilton his remarkable story.
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