A new addition to the Rugby Canada calendar, and a very welcome one at that, is the imminent Pacific Challenge taking part in Fiji over the next two weeks.
Ten articles from around the globe, ranging from scrums to sevens, from Samoa to Scotland, from steroids to statistics, and even an unexpected laugh.
A review of five other test matches from this past weekend, including matches in Italy, Scotland, England, France, and Georgia.
It wasn’t easy, with more strong team performances than individual ones, but a team has been scraped together with 12 different countries represented!
Manu Samoa overcame their heavily publicised off-field problems to score a much needed win over Canada at the Stade de la Rabine in historic Brittany.
Four players debut for the Manu Samoa against Canada as the two sides square off once again at a neutral venue, this time on the French coast in Vannes.
As if you couldn’t get enough rugby already, here are eight pieces to fill up all the extra time you thought you had between now and the weekend’s action.
Kelly Haimona kicked four penalty goals and one conversion as Italy toppled Manu Samoa in a wretched match riddled with handling errors and average play.
Samoa meet the Azzurri for the second time this year, and the third in 18 months, with the Manu coming out on top on both occasions fairly comfortably.
Some musings from the weekend about Uruguay’s historic victory in Montevideo, the Gold Coast 7s, and the shambles that has become Australian rugby.