American Samoa Rugby Union
Amerika Samoa Rugby Union
SportRugby union
Founded1990 (1990)
World Rugby affiliation2012
FORU affiliation2004
PresidentFalefata Moli Lemana

The American Samoa Rugby Union, or ASRU, is the governing body for rugby union in American Samoa. It was established in 1990, and became fully affiliated to the International Rugby Board (IRB) in 2012.[1]

The ASRU is also a full member of the Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU), which is the regional governing body for rugby in Oceania.[2]

It was chaired by Republican politician Te'o J. Fuavai for several decades.


Rugby union has been played in American Samoa since the 1920s, but no governing body existed for the sport for more than 60 years thereafter.[1][3] When American football was introduced to high schools in the 1970s it became the dominant game, while rugby union was only played in village competitions.[1]

The ASRU was formally incorporated in 1990, but it took more than 20 years before the union applied for full membership of the IRB in 2011. The Executive Council of the IRB granted American Samoa full membership in 2012.[1]

As of 2015 American Samoa's Rugby team has been ranked 102nd best team in the world, therefore making it the worst team in the world.[1]

National teams

American Samoa's national team, known as the Talavalu, has not competed in a Rugby World Cup but has competed at the South Pacific Games, including winning a silver medal for rugby 15s in 1991. American Samoa fields teams in 7s competitions as well as 15s.[4]

See also

Reference list

  1. ^ a b c d e "Welcome to Amerika Samoa Rugby". American Samoa Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 2013-08-13. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Member Unions: American Samoa Rugby Union". Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  3. ^ Nauright, John; Parrish, Charles, eds. (2012). Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice. ABC-CLIO. p. 446. ISBN 978-1-59884-300-2. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  4. ^ "American Samoa Rugby Union Results". Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.