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Daniel M Limā

Daniel is a junior reporter attending Waikato University studying a Bachelor of Health Sport and Human Performance (BHSHP).

Samoa Advance to the Semifinal in London

Samoa have advanced to the semifinals of the London 7’s after defeating Great Britain 12-5. Samoa drew first blood via none other than Va’afauese Apelu Maliko. Samoa forced a Great Britain error from the kickoff and called for a scrum, where the ball went straight to Apelu-Maliko who left three Great Britain defenders in his […]

Samoa Overcomes Australia to Qualify for Cup Quarterfinal in London

Right from the kickoff Taunu’u Niulevaea showed excellent strength at the breakdown to earn Samoa the ball. From there they spread wide to Va’afauese Apelu-Maliko who made easy work of an Australian defender to score Samoa’s first try. Samoa’s second try was a carbon copy of their first. Brilliant work again by Samoa in the […]

London 7s: Samoa Secure 28-21 Win Over France

France scored the first try of the match through their leading try scorer Aaron Grandidier-Nkanang. Mr Grandidier-Nkanang hit the Samoan defence with a 360-degree spin to cut through and score a scintillating try. The French kick-off was taken clean by Neueli Leitufia, and in three passes the ball found Samoa’s own top try scorer – […]

Race for Final Spot of Automatic Olympic Qualification Goes to the Final Round

19 May 2023, Apia Samoa and Twickenham London. With the All Blacks 7s already crowned HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2023 champions in Toulouse last weekend, the main focus of this weekend’s London Sevens is on the fourth and final spot for automatic Olympic qualification. New Zealand, Argentina and Fiji have already booked their place […]

France Pull Out of Hosting 2025 Rugby League World Cup

France has pulled out of hosting the next Rugby League World Cup set to have been staged during October and November 2025. France won the bid to host the 2025 World Cup back in January 2022. The French government had set out a financial criteria for the event which organisers have been unable to meet, […]

Three New Caps as MS 7s Prepares for Final Two Legs of World Series

As the last two legs of the HSBC World 7’s Series approaches, the Manu Samoa have announced three players looking to debut in Toulouse. Head coach Muliagatele Brian Lima and his management have had to deal with four regular squad players being unavailable for the Toulouse and London tournaments. Wingers Owen Niue and Tuna Tuitama […]

Hong Kong 7s: Manu Samoa Edge Out Australia 15-12

Manu Samoa have made the 9th place final in Hong Kong after a down-to-the-last minute battle with Pacific neighbours Australia. Tuna Tuitama continues his form to add early points for Samoa in the first minute. Vaafauese Apelu-Maliko added two tries to take his season tally to 31 – placing him first equal with New Zealand’s […]

Samoa bow out of Cup Contention in Vancouver with loss to New Zealand

The 40-5 displayed on the scoreboard was not expected given Samoa’s track record of 3 wins over New Zealand this season – but the All Blacks came out in full force in the pool stages, and had also taken out USA by 52-0 on Day 1. In a post-match interview New Zealand’s Captain Joe Webber […]

LA Sevens: Matches Disrupted due to Bad Weather

The Los Angeles Sevens has postponed all matches for at least 30 minutes due to bad weather. With one minute to go in the Pool D match between Great Britain and Spain the referee was told to take all players off the field. “We must all get off now,” the referee is heard saying to […]

LA Sevens: Manu Samoa 7s Take Down Hosts 26-19

Manu Samoa 7s have secured a solid 26-19 win over hosts, USA in their first pool game of the Los Angeles Sevens held at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. From the kick-off USA looked fired up and ready to take on the Cape Town Champions infront of their home crowd, but errors […]