Next on our Autumn International list is the Samoan team!

The Samoan rugby team is also known as “Manu Samoa”. This is in honour of a famous Samoan warrior. Like Fiji, the Samoans too perform a war dance before each game. Theirs is called the Siva Tau.

 

The Samoans started playing rugby in the 1920s and are part of the Pacific Tri Nations alongside Fiji and Tonga. Originally, they played as “Western Samoa”, but in 1997 they changed their name. They have competed in the World Cup since 1991, reaching the quarter finals in 1991 and 1995. An impressive result for the Island nation and reached their highest ranked IFU score in 2013, becoming 7th in the world. As it stands they are currently 16th in the world, their lowest ever ranking.

Wales, Argentina, Italy, Ireland, Scotland and even Australia have felt defeat by the hands of the Samoans. Against Wales they have won 4 of the 10 matches played against them. They can be, at times quite a team to come across. With a strong heritage of rugby, they can on their day topple the greats.

The Banner of Freedom

This has been the Samoan anthem since they gained independence from New Zealand in 1962. The anthem emphasises their strong Christian background. Many Samoan players will neither play or train on Sunday due to their religion. Along with the Siva Tau, this is heard at all Samoan games.

O Le Fu’a o Le Sa’olotoga

Samoa, tula’i ma sisi ia lau fu’a, lou pale lea!

Samoa, tula’i ma sisi ia lau fu’a, lou pale lea!

Vaai ‘i na fetu o lo’u a agiagia ai:

Le faailoga lea o Iesu, na maliu ai mo Samoa.

Oi, Samoa e, u’u mau lau pule ia faavavau.

‘Aua e te fefe; o le Atua lo ta fa’avae, o lota sa’olotoga.

Samoa, tula’i: ‘ua agiagia lau fu’a, lou pale lea!

 

The Banner of Freedom

Samoa, arise and raise your flag, your crown!

Samoa, arise and raise your flag, your crown!

Look at those stars that are waving on it:

This is the symbol of Jesus, who died on it for Samoa.

Oh, Samoa, hold fast your power forever.

Do not be afraid; God is our foundation, our freedom.

Samoa, arise: your flag is waving, your crown!

 

They have two matches in this year’s Autumn Internationals against Scotland and England. Having only beaten Scotland once in 10 meetings, and after this weekend, that is now once in 11 meetings after losing 44-38 at Murrayfield. The Samoans ran through 5 tries to Scotland’s 6 – so clearly there’s no issues with their attack, but maybe their defence needs tightening before their trip to Twickenham. They have never beaten the English in their 7 meetings. Could this be their time to claw up the IFU table and conquer some Northern Hemisphere giants?