With Asia's first Rugby World Cup on the horizon, the 12 host cities are preparing themselves for an estimated 400,000 visiting fans from across the world.
With one year to go until the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan, our writers take a look through each of the pools and decide where it will all be won and lost in 2019.
Samoa Sevens player Gordon Langkilde has been arrested in connection with an off-field altercation with opposing Wales players during the recent Rugby World Cup Sevens, San Francisco Police said on Wednesday (AEST).
Samoa's rugby team have a double motivation heading into their Rugby World Cup qualifier against Germany, with the country's prime minister berating them for a run of defeats and telling them to quit if they lose.
Cardiff Blues' Samoa international centre Rey Lee-Lo has signed a new long-term contract with the PRO14 side.
The end-of-year internationals return once again but who is set for a big Saturday night, which player will shine and who has a long weekend ahead?
Samoa captain Chris Vui has accepted the decision of England's stars not to donate a portion of their £23,000 match fee to the Pacific Islanders by insisting it is not their battle to fight.
Dan Cole sympathises with the plight of Samoa's players but insists it would be unethical for England stars to give them a portion of their match fee ahead of Saturday's autumn international.
The build-up to England's clash with Samoa at Twickenham has been dominated by details of the visiting union's financial status. But players should not be dragged into this conversation.
England's players have opted against giving a portion of their match fee to their Samoan counterparts ahead of Saturday's clash at Twickenham.
The Rugby Football Union will still pay Samoa £75,000 as a goodwill gesture despite World Rugby revealing that the Pacific Island's governing body is not bankrupt.
The November Test series is in full swing with Tier 1 Nations involved in six Test matches across the UK and Europe on Saturday.
The Rugby Football Union will make a goodwill payment of £75,000 to the Samoan Rugby Union after the association was declared bankrupt ahead of internationals against Scotland and England.
Manu Tuilagi has urged England to pay their goodwill gesture of £75,000 straight to Samoa's players rather than the bankrupt union.
Samoan Prime Minister and Rugby Union chairman Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has cast a shadow over side's upcoming November internationals against Scotland, Romania and England by declaring the union bankrupt.
Wales head coach Robin McBryde was full of praise for his players after they overcame a brutal sickness bug to seal a 19-17 victory over Samoa.
Wales interim coach Robin McBryde has made seven changes to the side that beat Tonga for Friday's Test against Samoa at Apia Park.
Wales winger Alex Cuthbert has been ruled out of Friday's Test against Samoa with a shoulder injury, further depleting interim coach Robin McBryde's resources.
Aaron Smith has been given the nod at scrum-half in a formidable All Blacks line-up to face Samoa at Eden Park on Friday night.
Injured All Blacks captain Kieran Read has ruled himself out of the season-opening Test against Samoa, leaving him in a race to be fit to face the British and Irish Lions.
Crusaders fly-half Richie Mo'unga has backed calls for more Super Rugby games to be played in the Pacific Islands having sampled the "unreal" experience in Fiji last weekend.
Jamie Roberts has been named Wales captain for Test matches against Tonga and Samoa next month, the Welsh Rugby Union has announced.
The All Blacks will warm up for their British & Irish Lions series with a Test against Samoa in Auckland.
Washington Huskies linebacker Psalm Wooching was set to be drafted this week, but instead he has just returned from a trial at Top 14 side Pau. He tells Tom Hamilton his remarkable story.
England have confirmed matches against Argentina, Australia and Samoa in the 2017 Old Mutual Wealth series.
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- SAMOA14thTRIES SCORED 1st New Zealand : 25 Tries ScoredNZL1st725
- SAMOA13thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st New Zealand : 125 Points DifferenceNZL1st-55125