December 4, 2011
The team manager of the Samoan rugby team, Mathew Vaea, has been fined 100 pigs by his community after letting down the country's national team at the 2011 rugby world cup finals in New Zealand.
Community elders in Leauva decided that a substantial punishment was needed for Vaea, who was described by Samoan team players as acting like the world cup 'was a holiday'.
Many Samoans believe that had the team been professionally managed, there was every chance that they would have progressed at least as far as the quarter finals.
September 5th, 2011
Samoa have got their four reserve players staying at my airport motel. It is the opposite of football where, if a team needed some late replacements for an injured player in the squad, they would fly them out at the last minute. When it comes to rugby, or at least the Samoans, the reserves actually come out early. A bit strange though that the IRB will only put the main squad and officials up in a hotel, while the four reserves have to stay somewhere else.
I did see one gargantuan Polynesian-looking fella wandering around reception looking bored during the early hours of the morning as I battled my jet lag demons. I thought he was a local security guard or something and gave him an 'alright mate?!', but now I am assuming he was one of the blokes in question. Shame, I would like to have indulged him in a semi-drunken, jet-lagged chat about the meaning of life as he saw it.