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.
England ended their autumn campaign in unbeaten fashion as Eddie Jones' much-changed side enjoyed a seven-try 48-14 victory over Samoa.
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?
With nine changes made to his starting XV, Eddie Jones is focused on developing England's strength in depth for the visit of Samoa - but their opponents should not be underestimated at Twickenham.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scotland survived a second-half resurgence to overcome Samoa 44-38 in an 11-try epic and record their first home victory in the Gregor Townsend era.
The weight of expectation is firmly on Gregor Townsend's Scotland after a summer victory over Australia, while the bankruptcy of the Samoan Rugby Union has hung a cloud over preparations for the Pacific Island nation
Manu Tuilagi has urged England to pay their goodwill gesture of £75,000 straight to Samoa's players rather than the bankrupt union.
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.
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.
A late try from Scarlets winger Steffan Evans snatched a dramatic 19-17 win for Wales over Samoa in Apia.
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.
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- SAMOA14thTRIES SCORED 1st New Zealand : 25 Tries ScoredNZL1st725
- SAMOA13thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st New Zealand : 125 Points DifferenceNZL1st-55125