Jai Opetaia's Journey from Down Under to the Top of the World

Polynesians and fight fans around the world are celebrating the victory of Samoan-Australian Cruiserweight boxer Jai Opetaia after he defeated Mairis Briedis of Latvia for the vacant IBF World Cruiserweight Title!

He is also the Ring Magazine champion. 

When the two fought previously on the Gold Coast in 2022, Jai was a promising youngster and Briedis admittedly underestimated his skills and abilities. In an epic battle that went twelve rounds, Briedis fought with a broken nose and Jai had his jaw broken in two places.

Jai won the fight but had to go straight to hospital because as he said later, “My jaw wasn’t even attached to my skull.”

For ‘Opetaia v Briedis II’ Jai found it hard to find his rhythm and won the first eight rounds on most people’s score cards but failed to knock down the Latvian. Neither fighter ever really looked in danger of knocking the other out or down.…more


New Bout Of Dreams For Niue boxer After Paris Knockout

By Lydia Lewis, RNZ Pacific

A Niuean boxer based in Aotearoa New Zealand is heading to Russia to compete in the 2024 World Friendship Games, seen as the potential rival to the Paris Olympics.

Commonwealth bronze and Pacific Games gold medalist, Duken Holo Tutakitoa-Williams, has set his sights on Russia instead of the Olympics, after finding out Niue could not compete at the Summer Olympics.

Niue is self-governing in free association with New Zealand, and Tutakitoa-Williams said like many other smaller nations, it does not have a recognised National Olympic Committee.

Niue Island Sports and Commonwealth Games Association (NISCGA) is an associate member of the Oceania National Olympic Committees.

After winning a bronze medal at the 2022 Birmingham Games, the Niue team was aiming for gold in Paris 2024.

The team started their training camp for the Pacific Games in hope they would be able to qualify for the Olympics.

Five weeks in, Niue Sport held a meeting and told them Niue can't even qualify for the Olympics.…more


Pasifika Talent Picked Up At 2024 NFL Draft

The 2024 NFL Draft was held over the past weekend, where the 32 teams of the National Football League took a total of 257 picks from a pool of prospects, with 13 athletes of Pasifika descent picked! Get to know them and where they're headed for the 2024 season here! 🌺🏈

Taliese Fuaga

14th Pick, New Orleans Saints

Laiatu Latu

15th Pick, Indianapolis Colts

Troy Fautanu

20th Pick, Pittsburgh Steelers

Kingsley Suamataia

63rd Pick, Kansas City Chiefs

Jonah Elliss

76th Pick, Denver Broncos

Dominick Puni

86th Pick, San Francisco 49ers

Marist Liufau

87th Pick, Dallas Cowboys

Giovanni Manu

126th Pick, Detroit Lions

Sione Vaki

132nd Pick, Detroit Lions

Sataoa Laumea

179th Pick, Seatlle Seahawks

Darius Muasau

183rd Pick, New York Giants

Jonah Laulu

234th Pick, Indianapolis Colts

Devaughn Vele

235th Pick, Denver Broncos


The Rock & Roman Reigns Go Up Against Cody Rhodes & Seth "Freaking" Rollins at Wresltemania XL

The biggest tag team match on The Biggest WrestleMania of All Time goes down as Cody Rhodes and World Heavyweight Champion Seth "Freakin" Rollins team up to take down The Rock and Roman Reigns.

The Rock wrestled his first match since 2016 and pinned "The American Nightmare" Cody Rhodes for the win, allowing the Wrestlemania XL Night 2 main event between Cody Rhodes and "Tribal Chief" Roman Reigns to be held under "Bloodline Rules".

Watch his full, electrifying entrance here!

Here's what "The Final Boss" had to say about the match at the Wrestlemania XL press conference

Roman Reigns defends his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Cody Rhodes today!


Legends Celebrated At The Inaugural Pasifika Rugby Hall of Fame

"Pacific rugby players have a global impact. If you think about the last Rugby World Cup, over half the teams had Pasifika playing for them, it wasn't just Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and the All Blacks, just about every other team that had Pasifika influence threaded or weaved into that team" - Savae Sir Michael Jones

The Pasifika Rugby Hall of Fame aims to provide a global platform to honour Pacific’s rugby heroes, past and present. Shining this light on the success of our best players aims to lift Pacific communities through the power of rugby - inspiring the next generation of Pasifika rugby heroes.

The movement will champion Pacific rugby players and their collective hopes and aspirations in a series of events in Auckland this weekend, after the inaugural ceremony saw a packed out Eden Park on Thursday night.…more


From The South Pacific To Connacht - The Bundee Aki Story

“I love playing for Ireland. I love the people in Ireland"

Ireland and Connacht centre Bundee Aki has admitted that he loves Ireland and the Irish people in an emotional excerpt with ITV.


Angelica Jardine Dominates at 2024 Arnold Strongwoman Classic

Pasifika Strongwoman athlete Angelica Jardine made her presence known as a newcomer to the strongwoman circuit, taking out victory in her very first appearance at the 'Arnold Strongwoman Classic.'

The Arnold Strongwoman Classic, an annual competition featuring strongwomen athletes from around the world, serves as the stage for determining the 'Strongest Woman in the World.'

Angelica's triumphs in these prestigious events not only solidify her as a rising force in international strongwoman competition but also mark a historic achievement, making her the first Pasifika woman to clinch victory at the Classic, showcasing her strength on the global stage.

Check out her amazing performance here!


Samoan Siblings off to 2024 Paris Olympics

In the heart of Auckland, New Zealand, two siblings, Samalulu and Tuva’a Clifton, have been making a splash in the world of canoeing. 

Hailing from the villages of Malie, Fasito’o Uta, Lano and Safune, while their childhood was spent in Grey Lynn, Aotearoa the two have strong connections to their Samoan roots. 

“Fa’a Sāmoa has always been important to us. We both did bilingual education growing up at Richmond Rd Primary school as well as our growing up with our Samoan grandmother”

So when the time came to select the country they would represent in the upcoming Paris Olympics, choosing Samoa was a no brainer for them.

For Samalulu and Tuva’a, embracing their Fa’a Sāmoa identity has always been paramount. Their bilingual education and upbringing with their Samoan grandmother instilled a profound connection to their cultural roots. Representing Samoa holds special significance to the pair, Tuva’a stated 

The pair began their journey into canoeing by way of Surf Life Saving at Muriwai beach.…more


NRL 2024 Kicks off on American Soil

For the first time ever the NRL season will be kicking off on American Soil. The league is looking to grow the game internationally and have taken this as their chance to do so.

Games will be played at the home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders where the Sea Eagles, Rabbitohs, Roosters, and Broncos will go head to head, at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 2 (local time).

Las Vegas is set to witness a massive week of rugby league events, including a Talent Combine aiming to discover four American athletes for potential inclusion in the NRL. The week also boasts a Las Vegas 9s tournament and various fan-centric activities leading up to the two NRL clashes at Allegiant Stadium.

The Games

Saturday, March 2

6:30 pm (local time) Manly Warringah Sea Eagles vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs

8:30 pm (local time) Sydney Roosters vs. Brisbane Broncos

Thanks to Westpac, any fan catching the match ball in the stadium gets to take it home.…more


Samoa's Women's Football Team Surges Ahead in Olympic Qualifier

Samoa comes alive with the sound of soccer as women kick the goals that matter in the Women's Olympic Football Tournament-Oceania Qualifier in Samoa this week!

The tournament features eight teams competing for an Olympic spot with competing teams include New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, American Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Samoa.

The competition winner will represent Oceania at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Samoa’s squad is dominated by international players with Samoan heritage coming from Utah, California, Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii.

As the only local player selected to represent her home nation, Repeka Asofa hopes that more local players will be selected for future sporting events.

“I feel blessed that God has gifted me with this talent so I can represent my people in this tournament,” she said.

However, she added that it wasn’t easy to get a spot on the team.

For the 23-year-old from Savaii, her family has been financially supported by her passion for football over the years.…more