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Nu’u Taugavau: Star of Netflix series Last Chance U

Last Chance U is an American documentary series that looks at the world of college football. It features athletes who've had trouble in their lives and struggled to find purpose. Soana Aholelei caught up with fan favourite Samoan Nu'u Taugavau, who was brimming with pride after landing a scholarship at Murray State University.

The Wellington grandmother breaking powerlifting world records

Two years ago Ime Telea thought she’d try throwing some heavy tin around in the gym and quickly found that she was actually pretty good at powerlifting. The 48-year-old grandmother from Lower Hutt, Wellington recently set what could be Tokelau’s first sporting world record. Johnson raela with this story.

Father’s Day Series: Leeson Ah Mau

The Pasifika Medical Association sat down with rugby league star Leeson Au Mau as part of their new Father’s Day Series celebrating our Pacific dads. As a duo international rugby league player (New Zealand and Samoa), playing over 200 NRL games and appearing in two Rugby League World Cup tournaments – NZ Warriors player, Leeson […]

Rugby and Netball hit by Covid-19 restrictions

Source: RNZ Sunday’s finale to Super Rugby Aotearoa is in doubt with Auckland returning to Covid-19 Alert Level 3. The Government annnounced Tuesday night that Auckland will return to Alert Level 3 at midday Wednesday, following the discovery of four positive cases of Covid-19 in one South Auckland family. The rest of the country will […]

New Manu Samoa, Manu 7s coaches appointed

By RNZ Pacific Mapusua Seilala Mapusua is the new Manu Samoa head coach, with Muliagatele Brian Lima to take charge of the men’s national sevens team. The former Manu Samoa teammates have both signed two year deals after their appointments were endorsed and ratified by the Samoa Rugby Union Board last night. Former Highlanders and […]

Former Blues player Matt Johnson shares survival story

The inspirational story of former Blues player Matt Johnson. After three heart surgeries, he almost died two months ago. Johnson and partner Taylah share his survival tale on Sky Sport's The Breakdown http://www.sky.co.nz/ Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/skysportnz Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/skysportnz Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/skysportnz

Sir Michael Jones recalls Tuigamala handshake for Super Rugby’s Wellbeing Round

Rugby is encouraging communities across the country to connect this week with a cast of Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa’s star players joining Sir La’auli Michael Jones in showing how something as simple as a handshake can support wellbeing and mental fitness. Players from the Highlanders, Crusaders, Hurricanes, Chiefs and Blues have shared some of their personalised handshakes to launch the third installment of […]

First Polynesian-owned club to play in Major League Rugby

The first ever Māori and Polynesian owned and operated professional rugby club is expected to start in America’s Major League Rugby competition next year. Based in Oahu, Hawaii, the team’s called Kanaloa Hawaii Rugby, and among its backers are former All Blacks including Anthony Tuitavake, Ben Atiga, John Afoa, Jerome Kaino and Joe Rokocoko. Club […]

‘Samoan Huskies’ look to make waves in the NZNBL

The New Zealand Basketball League has thrown its hat into the mix of sports leagues to restart since the Covid-19 lockdown. We caught up with the new Auckland franchise, who have a strong Samoan connection…