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BJ Telefoni Lima

BJ is a part-time sports reporter who has recently completed a Bachelor of Business at Waikato University. BJ plays club rugby for Fraser Tech in Hamilton. He is a youth group member of Apia Harvest Centre in Apia, and Arise Church in Hamilton.

Australia Ends Samoa’s Historical World Cup Campaign with 30-10 Grand Final Win

Australia are the champions of the world after defeating Samoa 30-10 in the grand final in England’s Old Trafford stadium in Manchester. Toa Samoa made history last week when they became the first Tier-2 nation to make the RLWC final after defeating England 27-26 on the hosts’ home soil. The Toa Samoa already made history […]

Toa Samoa becomes First Pacific Island Team in a Grand Final of Rugby League World Cup

Samoa have become the first Pacific Island nation to secure a place in the Rugby League World Cup grand final after a courageous performance against England infront of the host nation’s home crowd. It was a game of footie with everything you could ask for. Fantastic tries, overtime, hard hits, a yellow card, back chatting […]

Toa Samoa Fans Parade in Support of Historical World Cup Semifinal

The streets of Apia and other areas across Samoa had fans lining up for their second parade in support of the Toa Samoa in the lead up to its historical World Cup semifinal match against England. A strong police presence ensured the parade was kept within the parameters of the permit issued, for public safety, […]

Vaovasamanaia Makes Changes to Starting Lineup Against Italy

Manu Samoa Head Coach Vaovasamanaia Seilala Mapusua has made four changes to his starting line up to take on Georgia this weekend. After a disappointing start to their Northern Hemisphere tour, going down 49-17 to Italy, Samoa are looking to bounce back in a big way against Georgia. The forward pack primarily remains the same […]

Pools for Dubai 7s Announced: Analysis of Teams in Samoa’s Pool

After thriving against the challenge of Hong Kong’s pool of death with New Zealand and Australia, Samoa’s 7-a-side team has been drawn in a more favourable pool for the second leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series set to kickoff on the 2nd of December in Dubai. Finishing in the Top 4 in Hong […]

Vaafauese Apelu-Maliko Named in Hong Kong 7s Dream Team

Samoa’s Vaafauese Apelu Maliko has been named in the World Sevens Series Dream Team following his stellar performance at the Hong Kong leg of the HSBC series over the weekend. The Manu Samoa 7’s Co-Captain crossed over for eight tries in Hong Kong and with sheer determination, made another try saving tackle in Samoa’s quarter […]

Toa Samoa Defeat Tonga 20-18 to make Historical World Cup Semifinal

For the first time in history Toa Samoa have advanced to the semifinals of the Rugby League World Cup after defeating Tonga 20-18. It only took five minutes for the scoring to get underway and it came via Dragons second rower Jaydn Su’a. Samoa went to the right hand side where Anthony Milford threaded a […]

Samoa Finish 4th in Hong Kong

The Manu Samoa 7s have ended the first leg of the 2022/23 HSBC World Series in 4th place after a close 17-19 defeat to France. Due to Covid-19 this was the first Hong Kong 7’s tournament since 2019. 11 of Samoa’s 13-man squad had never experienced the prestigious Hong Kong 7’s with eight players having […]

Injury Stricken Samoa 7s Edged Out of Cup Contention by Fiji 19-7

Samoa have been edged out of Cup contention in Hong Kong after a 19-7 loss to Fiji in the semi final. Samoa suffered a huge blow with two Co-Captains leaving the field with injuries. Melani Matavao and Vaafauese Apelu-Maliko were both taken off in the second half after receiving attention from the team physio. Samoa’s […]

Manu Samoa Advance to Semifinal of Hong Kong 7s

The Manu Samoa 7’s have advanced through to the semifinals of the Hong Kong 7’s after a crazy edge-of-your-seat kokomaualuga 19-14 overtime win over Argentina. The two teams last met in September when they faced off in the quarterfinals of the LA 7’s. Some may remember the same nerve wreacking experience of watching the boys […]