RUGBY WORLD CUP 2023
Sāmoana Media is an officially accredited member of the media for the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France and will be providing coverage of various matches, events, and activities. Having experience covering the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, Sāmoana Media will be providing photographs and interviews spanning more than 15 matches (Sāmoa, New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, and Australia) in the pool round and additional games should the Manu Sāmoa or other Pacific move on to the quarterfinals and beyond.
In addition to coverage of the games, our team will also cover the Samoa Team Welcome Ceremony, team announcements, stadium runs, and the official welcoming ceremony of the World Cup before the France v. New Zealand match on 8 September, where over 80,000 people are expected to attend and millions more around the world will be watching live.
About the RWC
This year's World Cup commemorates the 200th anniversary of the legendary origins of rubgy in England.
Twenty teams qualified for this year's tenth RWC. Find out about more of them here.
Check the different cities and venues in which the games take place and where the fans enjoy in the activities
Check out the Pasifika representation at the World Cup and what this means for the teams, players, fans, language, and the opportunities
Why it is important for our language to be heard and used at international stages
Pacific teams are accorded special status at games by being allowed to display their cultural performances
ATUNUʻU ʻESE ʻOLOʻO TAUVĀ
ʻO Farani ʻoloʻo talimālō ʻi le Ipu o le Lalolagi i le tausaga lenei a ʻo lana ʻau ʻua aupito e sili ona felanulauaʻi i atunuʻu ʻeseʻese. ʻOloʻo iai foʻi i totonu o lana ʻau filifilia ni Polenesia e toʻalima, a ʻo se tasi o ʻilātou ʻo se tama fānau a Sāmoa na soifua aʻe i Aotearoa.
France is the host nation for this year's World Cup and has one of the most diverse teams yet. Counted among them are five players of Polynesian descent, including a New Zealand-born Samoan. Check out the French team and the players and fans that represent them.
ʻO ʻEgelani ʻo le faʻautama lenei o le lakapī, sā ʻāmataina i le tausaga 1823 a ʻo faʻamanatu nei le 200 tausaga i le lona sefulu lenei o le Ipu o le Lalolagi. ʻO le susuga a Tuilagi Manusāmoa Tuilagi ʻoloʻo iai i totonu o le ʻau filifilia.
England is the birthplace of rugby, and this year we celebrate 200 years at this tenth World Cup.
ʻO Tui Leiofi Bundlellu Aki poʻo "Bundee" e pei ona silafia ai foʻi ʻo ia ʻo se tasi alo o le atunuʻu ʻoloʻo maoaʻe lona tūlaga i le ʻau numera tasi o le lalolagi i le lakapī.
Tui Leiofi Bundlellu Aki, popularly known as "Bundee", is one of the top players in the number one country in rugby.
I le ʻāmataga o le Ipu o le Lalolagi, sā ʻauai le ʻau mālosi a Uelese i le tūlaga i tua atu o Fiti. ʻUa manumālō ʻiā Fiti ma ʻAusetālia ma ʻua mautinoa ai foʻi lona ʻauai ʻi le kuatafaino.
ʻO se tasi lea ʻau mālosi na fetaui ma Tonga, ʻae e leʻi mamao tele lona manumālō ʻi ai. Ua iloagōfie ai foʻi le alualu ʻi luma o le mālosi a le ʻIkale Tahi.
ʻAFERIKA I SAUTE
E naʻo le lua lava ʻau mai ʻAferika, ʻo Namipia ma ʻAferika i Saute, na au ʻi le Ipu o le Lalolagi.
Only two countries from the African continent, Namibia and South Africa.
Pau lava lenei ʻau mai ʻĀsia, ʻo le ʻau mālosi a Iapani, na sao mai i totonu o le Ipu o le Lalolagi, ʻo se mitamitaga lenei o lenei atunuʻu.
Japan is the only Asian country to qualify for the World Cup.
ʻO le ʻau mālosi a Atienitina ʻua lauiloa tele i ʻAmerika i Saute i le taʻalo lakapī.
Argentina is among the best in South American continent.
ʻO le faʻatoʻā ofi lea ʻo Sili i totonu o se Ipu o le Lalolagi ma ʻua matuā lolofi le motu o tagata Sili ma faʻatumulia le malae taʻalo i le taʻaloga muamua ma le Manu Sāmoa i Bordeaux. E ui ina lē taulau ma le manuia lea taʻaloga, sā lagona lava le agāga faʻaeʻegatia ma le mitamita o tagatānuʻu o Sili.
Chileʻs debut in the World Cup attracted its fans to fill up the stadium in its inaugural game with Sāmoa in Bordeaux. Although the team was not successful, Chilean fans were nonetheless proud.