Thousands flee Cyclone Evan in Fiji

A man clears away branches from a tree that collapsed on top of a car shelter outside a house in Fiji on Monday as Cyclone Evan threatens the Pacific nation. Photo: AFP

Thousands of people fled to evacuation centres in Fiji on Monday as authorities warned to “prepare for the worst” from a powerful category four cyclone bearing down on the Pacific nation.

Monday, 17 December, 2012, 2:16pm

Samoa pile on gloom for All Blacks with victory in Dubai Sevens

Samoa's Paul Perez fights off New Zealand's Ben Lam at the Sevens World Series Cup final in Dubai. Photo: Reuters

It was a bad weekend to be wearing the famous black jersey with the silver fern logo.

As England beat the All Blacks in London by their biggest ever victory margin, bringing to an end the world champions' 20-game unbeaten run, in Dubai Samoa defeated the All Blacks Sevens in the Cup final of the second leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

3 Dec 2012 - 3:01am

New Zealand up next for Wales after Samoa loss

Wales coach Rob Howley wants an improved performance. Photo: AP

Wales interim coach Rob Howley insists the prospect of facing world champions New Zealand, made slightly less daunting by the return of Warren Gatland, can lift the gloom hanging over his team after their 26-19 loss to Samoa.

Wales may have won the Six Nations and the grand slam this year but are veering towards cri sis point after Samoa subjected them to a fifth straight defeat.

18 Nov 2012 - 3:25am

Samoa deal rare loss to England

If it was really the Pool of Death then England had forgotten to pay the ferryman extra to carry their opponents across the River Styx. They stumbled against Samoa in their final pool game last night.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Samoa off to flying start despite Kenyan resistance

Samoan coach Stephen Betham revealed he had had a tough job keeping his players' feet on the ground after their stunning 26-19 victory over New Zealand in February's USA Sevens in Las Vegas, a win that he freely admits brought the tears flowing.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

A nation's new dawn

APIA - Samoa jumped the international dateline, taking 'first-country' status from New Zealand. The tiny nation dropped its time-zone alliance with the US, lost a day and realigned with Asia, New Zealand and Australia. This now makes the nation the first to celebrate any new year, a status previously held by New Zealand. In return, Samoa had to lose Friday, December 30, 2011.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Samoans 'must lift their game'

Hat-trick hunting Samoa, the hottest team on the IRB Sevens World Series, have their work cut out to win the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens, coach Stephen Betham says.

Betham was an unhappy man last night after Samoa surprisingly conceded a brace of tries to both Russia (24-12) and Argentina (21-14) in their final pool matches.

28 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Vulnerable Kiwis look to return to glory days

Played five, won one, lost four. That is the sorry record New Zealand have against Samoa this season. But Kiwi skipper DJ Forbes laughs aside any suggestions the uncompromising islanders are a bogey side.

'In all fairness Samoa have played well, but in honesty, in a couple of finals where we met them, our boys didn't do well,' said Forbes.

26 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Holders Samoa primed after beachside bootcamp

It is said that it is harder to defend a title successfully than to win it, and no one knows this better than Samoa.

The Samoans come to Hong Kong as champions after they shocked Fiji 27-22 in last year's decider, but face an uphill battle if they are to repeat the feat this time around.

28 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

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8 May 2015 - 4:18pm

Samoans make all the right moves

The new champions are Samoa, but they could easily have been joined on the podium by a series of sumo wrestlers, a horde of runaway brides and thousands of other partying rugby fans who make the Hong Kong Sevens a global one of a kind.

2 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Hong Kong Sevens

Tongue and cheek ... how champions Samoa scared off their rivals.

Enter the dragon ... and exit the fans, until next year.

This one's for Hugh ... Easter bunny come a week early.

Peace, man ... Woodstock comes to So Kon Po.

Naked ambition ... Tongan supporters lose their shirts.

Bride and joy ... but where's the groom?

2 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Three-try Pesamino toast of Samoa

Battle of the Pacific islanders a classic story of a game of two halves, with Fiji losing out

The bright city lights did not startle Samoa's village-grown heroes as they beat much-fancied Fiji in one of the strangest Cup finals ever played in the history of the Sevens.

2 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

One taste of Sevens and Desmond's hooked

Among the bleary-eyed stragglers winding their way through Chek Lap Kok today following a hedonistic weekend at the Hong Kong Sevens, will be a diminutive Samoan teenager whose eyes have been opened and whose life has been changed by the sevens experience.

30 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Quake recorded

An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale was recorded by the Hong Kong Observatory last night with the epicentre near the Santa Cruz Islands 700km northwest of Western Samoa.

17 Jul 1998 - 12:00am