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Warriors rugby league star’s awesome gesture to heartbroken family

This is Lisa Bridget Mapu, a rising touch football star from Brisbane, lost to her family in the most tragic way at just 14. Her brother asked her hero, New Zealand Warriors rugby league star Shaun Johnson, to dedicate his Round 2 game against the Broncos to Lisa’s memory. His response was pure class. READ HERE. Source: Fox...

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Cyclone-hit remote Fiji islands begin to receive aid, death toll 42

Fijians in remote and coastal villages are finally get aid, after a power cyclone that killed more than 40 people. The Fijian government and international aid agencies reached outer islands and villages on Wednesday, and Australia and New Zealand said they were ready to deploy helicopters to reach other areas that remained cut off. The death toll has crept up in the days since Cyclone Winston struck Fiji late on Saturday as communication has gradually been restored with the outer reaches of the archipelago that is home to some 900,000 people. Thousands of people are still sheltering in evacuation centres, their...

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Tonga’s claim to be the ‘Cradle of Polynesia’ rejected

A Tongan social anthropologist says the basis on which researchers have named a small Tongan fishing village as the birthplace of Polynesia, is shaky. Canadian archaeologist Professor David Burley and his team identified Nukuleka, east of the capital Nuku’alofa, as the cradle of Polynesia – after finding Lapita pottery, the oldest yet discovered in Polynesia and dated at 2,900 years old. But Dr Okusitino Mahina, a Tongan-born Pacific anthropologist based at Auckland University, says the scientists didn’t consider oral and linguistic history, or early maps – which describe Polynesia as, literally, many islands. He says Professor Burley’s suggestion that...

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Samoa-born wing David Smith found ineligible to play for France

Rugby star David Smith has had his French dream dashed by an appearance for the New Zealand Sevens team. The Samoan-born wing, who is currently based in France where he plays for Castres in the Top 14, was rushed into France’s Six Nations squad for their clash with Wales this weekend. But his joy lasted less than 24 hours as it was confirmed his callup to the New Zealand Sevens team for the world series event in Scotland in 2008 would count against him. Smith played for the Hurricanes, Blues and Western Force in Super Rugby, as well as...

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Alex ‘The Lionheart’ Leapai hangs up his gloves

Told he risked blindness if he continued to fight, Aussie-Samoan boxer Alex Leapai, who fought Wladimir Klitschko for the world heavyweight title in 2014, has announced his retirement. Leapai’s rise is a rags-to-riches story where he ended up the first Australian to fight for the heavyweight title in over a century. Where does Leapai rank among the great boxers of Pacific heritage? Read more. Source:...

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Death toll rises as Tropical Cyclone Winston devastates Fiji

The death toll continues to rise in Fiji after Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall on Saturday. The Category 5 Tropical Cyclone was the largest ever to hit Fiji killing at least 20 people and destroying hundreds of homes. Strong winds and flooding from Winston have caused severe damage across the island nation. A month-long state of disaster has also been declared. Read more. Source: weather.com Additional updates here: news.com.au, radio nz, Fiji Times, stuff.co.nz  ...

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Joseph Parker targets winner of Joshua-Martin fight for title shot

According to promoter Dean Lonergen, Kiwi-Samoan heavyweight Joseph Parker will target the winner of the upcoming title clash between IBF world champion Charles Martin and Parker’s British rival Anthony Joshua, which is scheduled for 9 April at London’s O2 Arena. Parker is unbeaten over 18 fights with 16 KO’s. Duco Events are yet to announce Parker’s next opponent but it is scheduled for April. Duco want to move Parker into a mandatory position for a title fight this year. Parker is currently ranked No.1 with the WBO, No 6 with the WBA and IBF and No 11 with the...

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