What do Pat Lam, Kevin Senio, Filo Tiatia and Francis Saili all have in common?
You got it.
They were all very good rugby players who could have played for Manu Samoa, but instead opted to play for New Zealand and played less than 3 matches for the All Blacks.Francis Saili in action for the All Blacks
Then there are Ofisa Tonu'u - 5 matches, and Dylan Mika - 7 matches.
It wasn't long ago that Lima Sopoaga and Jordan Taufua were about to declare their availability for Manu Samoa.
Both then received notice of All Black "interest" and the "story" was over before it had begun.
Sopoaga has since gone on to play the grand total of 6 matches for the ABs, while Taufua still lives in hope.Lima Sopoaga playing for the All Blacks against South Africa.…more
What a week for sport! Last weekend the NRL treated us to a stellar showcase of Pasifika talent within the code by hosting the Pasifika test in Bankstown, Sydney following the Anzac test (Poor Kiwis). They incorporated more than just the on field talent but employed genuine Pacific performers from each nation involved to perform in between the games. This is such a great way to acknowledge the contribution of Pacific players in the game and pay homage to their roots and share a little taste of their vibrant island nations through song and dance. Fiji, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Papua New Guinea proudly donned their nations jerseys as they stepped out onto the fields. They even served Vailima and Fiji Bitter at the stadium bars! The NRL happily include the Poly players because, why wouldn't you with all the skill and to be honest, natural talent.…more
Coco congrats to Samoan wrestler Leati Joseph Anoa'i aka Roman Reigns who just took out the Main Event at Wrestlemania 33 against legendary wrestler 'The Undertaker'
We had a theory over on our Coconet Twitter page that this would be The Undertakers retirement match and Roman Reigns would be the one to retire him!
A couple of interesting facts you may not have known!
The Undertakers legendary streak started against another Pacific Island wrestling icon Jimmy "Supa Fly" Snuka when he beat Jimmy at Wrestlemania 7!
We thought it would be kind of fitting if The Undertaker was to retire after being beaten by another wrestler of Pacific Island descent - Roman Reigns!
And I guess the WWE thought the same thing!
Yuuuup we'd be smiling too Roman!
Check out the amazing Wrestling Dynasty Roman comes from ...…more
Brother's Dane Ingham (17) and Jai Ingham (23) have both been named in the All Whites squad for the OFC Stage Three Qualifiers against Fiji - the next step of FIFA World Cup qualifying.
Australian born Dane, the youngest of the brothers was selected to join the 23-man squad along side his brother Jai, the first brothers to be named in a New Zealand squad since Neil and Kenny Harlock in 1997.
"It was a pretty special moment...I was sitting at home and I got a call from my agent saying that New Zealand were interested and they were going to call me up and I got on the phone straight away to my brother and my mum and we just talked and mum was really happy to have both of us called into the squad." - Dane Ingham.
The pair qualify to play for New Zealand through their mother Virginia, who was born in Dunedin before moving to Australia when she was 16.…more
Take a look back at Mark 'The Super Samoan' Hunt's Top 5 knockouts in the UFC ...
Destanee Aiava is only 16 years old and shaping up to be the first Samoan Tennis Super star! Here are a few things that she’s aced already…
- February 2017 as in last week… Destanee won her first ITF women's title of her career, snatching the $25,000 prize in Perth by defeating Viktoria Kuzmova in the final, 6–1 6–1. Aiava stole the show! She served well, facing only one break point, and she broke her rival 5 times from 14 chances, more than enough for a nice and easy triumph and another milestone in her already incredible career.…more
Late last year Tasha Aiono entered the $50,000 1st Phorm Athlete search.
The 27 year old shares her story in this video here to help inspire others on their own fitness & sports journeys.
She attended BYU Hawaii and played 4 years of College Soccer as well as for the Women's Real Salt Lake Team and also played overseas in New Zealand for the Samoan Women's National Team in the South Pacific Games.
Last year she started playing Womens football for the first time for the Utah Falconz.
Ardie & Julian Savea took off their rugby boots and picked up tennis rackets for a good cause at the ASB Classic yesterday.
They took on the Williams sisters - Venus and Serena - in a charity match which raised over $65k for the city of Kaikoura which had been badly damaged in an earthquake towards the end of last year.
The boys also had help from another tennis star Caroline Wozniacki and at one point even Venus jumped sides against Serena.
Great day out and a chance to see tennis super stars in action!
Check out some more of the highlights below ...
This time last week the NRL Pacific Leadership Camp was in full swing with players identified by their clubs as being leaders or potential leaders in attendance.
Speakers included Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Frank Puletua, Nigel Vagana, Quentin Pongia with Tagata Pasifikas John Pulu on MC duties.
One of the key speakers at the camp was Digital Strategist Mahei Foliaki who spoke to the players about the platform they have as NRL players to be able to use their influence to help their community, their people and their family but making sure they were equipped with the right information and knowledge to be able to do this through Social Media.
He encouraged them to educate themselves, keep learning and to firstly have a strategy/plan and secondly the tactics to achieve their objectives.
Mahei stressed the importance of personal responsibility and how they're using these social media tools because it affects their brand. He brought it closer to home by saying "Your surname! Your surnames your brand ....…more