The Manu Sāmoa is the Independent State of Sāmoa's national rugby union team (not to be confused with neighboring American Sāmoa, a U.S. territory, whose national rugby team is called the Talavalu). Although it never made during the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, it has never missed a campaign since it debuted in 1991. The last time Sāmoa made it past the pool stage was in 1995, when it lost to South Africa 14-42.
Although Sāmoa came out fourth in its pool this year, it was within reach of victory in all of the pool games in which it lost (19-10 Argentina, 28-20 Japan, and 18-17 England). Sāmoa made several mistakes and could have easily clinched victory in the last three matches, but will have to regather for another shot in Australia 2027.
Sāmoa's pool games against Chile, Argentina, Japan, and England
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Updates and news on the Manu Sāmoa's World Cup 2023 journey