25yr old Samoan Wide Reciever has reportedly signed with the New England Patriots to a three year deal worth $22.5 million according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
This means the San Francisco 49ers have lost their first free agent. Bourne was the 49ers' second-leading receiver in 2020, so losing him is a big blow to coach Kyle Shanahan's offense. In 15 games last season, Bourne caught 49 passes for 667 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Off the field Bourne and his Bourne Blessed Foundation teamed up with ServiceNow to provide Mac laptops to 20 college-bound members of the OK Program on Thursday at West Oakland Youth Center.
He emerged as an undrafted rookie in 2017 and was given a chance with the 49ers sustaining his roster spot there. Bourne will turn 26 this summer and is the youngest of the Patriots reported signings to open free agency.…more
Cross-code legend Sonny Bill Williams has joined Stan Sport and Nine as a rugby and NRL commentator.
He officially announced his retirement from both Rugby Union and Rugby League yesterday ending a career which includes winning back to back Rugby World Cups with the All Blacks, 2 NRL premierships and 123 games at the Roosters and Bulldogs.
The rugby, league and now boxing star hopes his foray into the commentary booth will prove similarly inspirational for those who might not have had a voice in previous generations.
"I know I represent a lot of young Polynesian boys, Kiwi boys who represent so much on the field and when it comes to off the field we're not really in this space," Williams told Nick McArdle after signing on as a rugby and NRL commentator for Stan Sport and Nine's Wide World of Sports.
Read more on this story from the Wide World of Sports here
WWE superstar Roman Reigns goes Sneaker Shopping with Complex's Joe La Puma at Solefly in Miami and talks wearing Jordans in the ring, admiring Ken Griffey Jr. and having the best sneaker game in wrestling.
Video via Complex
Carlos "Black Jag" Ulberg Highlights & Knockouts.
He makes his debut on UFC259 alongside training mates Kai Kara-France and Israel 'The Last Stylebender' Adesanya
It was the biggest boxing event in New Zealand history - Junior Fa vs Joseph Parker!
Both men are Pacific Islanders and from South Auckland. Both fighters in the Top 5 WBO rankings. Junior #5 and Joe #3.
We go behind the scenes on fight night with Junior Fa, Hemi 'The Heat' Ahio and the City Kickboxing Crew as the boys prepare to go to war.
Director - Olly Coddington
Camera & Sound Operator - Hayden Aull
Editor - Tuki Laumea
RNZ Pacific's new sports show Champions of the Pacific premiered the first of their new weekly sports show. Check out the video above which looks at the rugby legacy of the Ah Kuoi family.
Wellington Samoa Rugby Union President Ken Ah Kuoi remembers watching his dad play rugby in Samoa before he too began running around the fields of Apia barefoot with a ball under his arm.
Kiwis rugby league legend Fred Ah Kuoi is also on the family tree as well as a couple of ex Manu Samoa internationals.
Now settled in Wellington, Ken follows the fortunes of his son, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, who is about to begin his second year of Super Rugby with the Chiefs.
Although Ken, who still makes regular cameo appearances for the Marist St Pats Presidents team, reckons he'd still beat the Moana Pasifika lock in a foot-race.
RNZ Pacific is launching a new sports show "Champions of the Pacific" next Wednesday.
RNZ Pacific Sports Journalist Talei Anderson and News Editor Koro Vaka'uta front up for a new weekly sports show to be broadcast across the Pacific via short wave radio, on RNZ National at 9:40pm on Wednesdays, on rnz.co.nz and as a podcast. Champions of the Pacific launches today, with a new episode every Wednesday.…more
For the last two years MMA & Kickboxing fighter Sigi 'Showtime' Pesaleli has been running a free boxfit programme for his community in Otara out on the basketball court at Otamariki Park.
He started off on his own and since then the numbers have slowly started to grow and he now has the backing of the Otara-Papatoetoe local board and Bridge the Gap Charitable Trust. He also set up the Desire for Greatness initiative or 'D4G' sharing his life experience with youth in South Auckland and developing leadership skills while also promoting mental health awareness.…more
Ieremia Moore’s donning the University of California, Berkeley gear next season after having had three top schools chasing him.
His choice came down to three schools - CAL, UCLA and Duke and a couple of weeks ago he committed to the University of California.
Ieremia left a close-knit family behind to pursue his football dream but says his multi-ethnic heritage makes him feels at home in America's melting pot.
"My mother is Samoan with a little part Chinese," he said. "But I don't know much about my biological father except that he's a New Zealand Caucasian and part Maori."
As a football player, Moore played the sport at the club level in New Zealand and arrived in California to play football, but the pandemic has prevented him from playing games for St. John Bosco.
Yet he's taken part in different camps and made an impressive showing, receiving defensive lineman most valuable player honors at the SoCal National Preps Showcase.…more
Caleb Clarke captured the imagination of rugby fans around the world with an outstanding debut season for the All Blacks in 2020.
Relive the best moments from his breakout season.