# Samoa

Last year
Former All Black and Samoa player Va'aiga Tuigamala dies aged 52
Affectionately known as ‘Inga the winger,’ Tuigamala played in both the rugby union and rugby league.
# Tonga
Tsunami threat recedes from huge Pacific volcanic eruption
It sent tsunami waves crashing across the shore in Tonga and people rushing to higher ground.
# Tonga
Tongans flee tsunami following powerful volcanic eruption
There were no immediate reports of injuries or the extent of the damage.
All time
# Heritage
Propping runs in the family for Leinster's new Samoan tighthead Alaalatoa
The 30-year-old has found similarities between the Crusaders and Leinster.
# Tighthead
Leinster have signed Samoa prop Michael Alaalatoa ahead of next season
The 29-year-old tighthead will join from the Crusaders in New Zealand.
# Samoa
Unvaccinated hang red flags as Samoa continues to battle measles epidemic
Samoa has begun a two-day shutdown as the government tries to curb a measles epidemic that has killed 62 people.
# Pacific Islands
'If you play one Test for a country, you can’t go back... I think that’s wrong'
Ex-All Blacks Justin Marshall wants to see rugby’s eligibility laws relaxed.
# Level Heads
'Guys were very emotional at the last World Cup after winning a pool game'
Ireland believe they’re mentally in a better place to make history against the All Blacks on Saturday.
# Try Machine
'They don't come around too often for me, so I'll make sure I gloat' - Furlong
The Ireland tighthead now has two tries in three World Cup starts in Japan.
# healthy
Schmidt happy Ireland head into QF 'unscathed' after 2015 toll against France
Bundee Aki’s red card was a blow but Schmidt feels Ireland have good cover in the midfield.
# Hearing
Samoa say they'll do everything they can to ensure Aki doesn't get banned
The Connacht man was sent off against Samoa and now faces a suspension.
# Dominant
Aki red the only blot as Ireland secure World Cup quarter-final with big win over Samoa
Joe Schmidt’s men were back somewhere close to their best in a seven-try victory in Fukuoka.
Ireland v Samoa, Rugby World Cup
Typhoon in Japan, but Ireland’s final pool match is going ahead in Fukuoka and we’ll bring you minute-by-minute updates as Schmidt’s men chase a bonus point.
# Preview
Ireland out to clinch World Cup quarter-final with bonus-point win over Samoans
Joe Schmidt’s side can save themselves a nervous Sunday by winning with four tries in Fukuoka today.
# Attack
Watching Tuisova, Radradra and Kolbe the RWC highlights for elusive Larmour
The 22-year-old starts at fullback for Ireland against Samoa today.
# Dilemma
'Those contracts in France... their condition was I had to turn down the World Cup'
Samoa captain Jack Lam is one of five free agents in their 31-man squad in Japan.
# Hospitality
Samoans looking for Irish 'scalp' after frustrations with high-tackle bans
Steve Jackson’s side are missing two players due to suspensions for high shots against Russia.
# Selection
Ruddock unlucky to miss out as 'really solid ' Beirne gets shot at blindside
Joe Schmidt is excited to have Robbie Henshaw back in his starting team.
Schmidt admits typhoon talk a distraction as Ireland look to seal quarter-final
The other Pool A game between Japan and Scotland is not certain to go ahead.
# Team news
Larmour and Beirne start as Henshaw makes injury comeback in Ireland XV
Joe Schmidt has made 12 personnel changes for his side’s Pool A clash with Samoa on Saturday.
# pumped up
'We've got nothing to lose' - Samoa promise expansive approach against Ireland
Key man Tim Nanai Williams has been passed fit to start as the Samoans make two changes.
# prop life
Fines, Fukuoka and fried chicken cartilage - Furlong enjoying delights of Japan
The tighthead prop is set to return for Ireland against Samoa on Saturday.
Getting the ball into Stockdale's hands would be a good start for Ireland's attack
The 23-year-old hasn’t been able to register his first World Cup try yet.
# Joey
Carbery keen to put ankle frustration behind him against Samoa
The 23-year-old has only played 20 minutes for Ireland so far at this World Cup.
# Weather News
Ireland set for Fukuoka on Saturday as Hagibis forecasted to veer north
Simon Easterby reports there has been ‘a real edge’ to Ireland’s training this week.
# Pride
Samoa hope to get in Aki's face as they go 'all guns blazing' against Ireland
The Samoans are keen to follow in Japan’s footsteps with a shock win.
# Crooked feed
Townsend questions 'incredible call' that aided Japan's bonus-point win over Samoa
The Scotland boss believes the World Cup hosts were fortunate to get the opportunity to score a last-gasp try.
# irreplaceable
'He sees things unfold': Farrell underlines Sexton's importance to Ireland
The 10′s experience and the role he plays for Schmidt has made him invaluable for Ireland’s hopes.
Japan v Samoa, Rugby World Cup
It was all eyes on Ireland’s pool as hosts Japan went head-to-head with Samoa at Toyota City.
# Concern
'You don't like to see anyone going home' - Ireland hopeful on Jordi Murphy
The Ulster back row was forced off with a rib injury after just 26 minutes against Russia.
# brave blossoms
Japan make three changes from Ireland win for showdown with Samoa
Michael Leitch returns for Saturday’s game but the captain’s armband is retained by Pieter Labuschagne.
# Hot and Humid
'The ball was like a bar of soap' - Ireland next up in Kobe sweatbox
Conditions at Kobe Misaki Stadium were very difficult as Scotland overcame Samoa.
# Job Done
Scotland keep pressure on Ireland with bonus-point win over Samoa
Gregor Townsend’s men were made to sweat but eventually secured their crucial fourth try.
Scotland v Samoa, Rugby World Cup
Gregor Townsend’s side picked up a vital bonus-point win in Misaki Stadium.
# super 8
Another blow for Samoa as Ireland's opponents lose Bordeaux back-rower
Afa Amosa is facing a long lay-off after sustaining a knee injury during his side’s victory over Russia.
# high tackles
Samoa's Lee-Lo and Matu'u cited for dangerous tackles against Russia
Ed Fidow has also been given a citing commissioner warning.
# Reckless
Samoa eventually power past Russia in Ireland's pool but lucky to finish with 15 men
Samoa went down to 13 men during the first half, but Russia failed to capitalise before Steve Jackson’s side cruised to a bonus-point win.
# bolter
From ski slopes to the World Cup: Ireland's pool opponents Samoa call in replacement scrum-half
Scott Malolua dislocated his shoulder during the Test against Australia.
# Wallabies
Second-string Australia overcome Samoa with unconvincing final World Cup warm-up win
Michael Cheika’s side secured a 34-15 win on Saturday.
# Mudbath
'Both teams wanted to play' - World Rugby defends pitch decision in Samoa
The Pacific Nations Cup clash was played in tough conditions.