Samoa Rugby Shirts
The Samoa National Rugby Team – called the Manu Samoa – has a rich history, like their Pacific neighbors. Their nickname comes from the name of a famous Samoan War Chief who lived many, many years ago and is stooped in myth and legend. The Samoa National Team carries their rich history into the 21st Century by performing the traditional siva tau – the traditional Samoan challenge battle cry – before each match. Rugby was first introduced in the 1920s and they played their first international against Fiji in 1924. Samoa are currently ranked 10th in the world, having been involved in every Rugby World Cup since 1991, progressing to the quarterfinals in both 1991 and 1995.
The Asia Tri-Series involving Tongo, Fiji and Samoa was in fact first won by Samoa in it’s first year, 1982. However, Samoa had been particularly left in the cold on the International rugby circuit until 1988, when Samoa embarked on a 14 match tour of Europe. The Samoa national team made a huge impression and secured their qualification to the 1991 Rugby World Cup ultimately finding them in the quarterfinal. For a country with a population of only 160,000 the Samoan National Rugby Team is very impressive indeed despite not training on Sundays as they are devout Christians.
Where to buy Samoa Rugby shirts and gear?
The Samoa Rugby shirt is made by Puma of sublimated polyester panels and has a short styled stand up collar. The blue shirt is embroidered with Samoa rugby and Puma logos and is what you need to show your support for these boys from the Pacific. This also features the Samoan flag screened on the left arm and an awesome tattoo on the back.
Samoa’s most notable achievements include reaching the quarterfinal of the Rugby World Cup 1995, beating Argentina and Italy along the way. This competition really proved to the world that Samoa belongs in the top flight. Overall, Samoa have won only 43.23% of their games and lost 52.90%.
This dip in form culminated with the 2007 Rugby World Cup, where Samoa was grouped with England, South Africa, Tonga and the USA. As predicted, Samoa had an appalling campaign, beating only the USA leaving them bottom of their group. As a result, the Samoan National Rugby Team will now have to qualify for the Rugby World Cup 2011.