16 April, 2018. Samoa – If you followed last year’s Super 9 Rugby, then you’ll be excited to know that the Samoa Rugby Union (SRU) officially launched the 2018 Bluesky SUPER 9 Rugby Championship last week – on Thursday 12th April, at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel.
This will be the second instalment of Bluesky SUPER 9 rugby action, continuing on from the success of 2017.
The SRU confirmed Bluesky as this year’s major sponsor with associate sponsors being Taula Beverages, Sheraton, Samoa Shipping Corporation and TV1 Samoa.
In addition to the official announcement and the reveal of the team’s Franchise kits, a special ceremony was also held to acknowledge the long term efforts of two great servants of Samoan rugby.
SRU Chairman, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, presented on behalf of the SRU – two Life Memberships to Sapau Lolesio Vitale and Fuiono Felise Vito.
The teams for this year’s championships are the Warriors (Itu Asau, Itu Salega & Palauli region); Vikings (Faasaleleaga, Amoa & Itu o Tane region); the Chiefs (Aana, Aana West region); Eagles (Tuamasaga region); Navigators (Safata & Lefaga region); the Knights (Faleata region); the Eels (Vaimauga region); Southern Tornadoes (Falealili & Siumu region), and the Legends (Aleipata, Anoamaa & Atua i Saute region).
The 2018 Bluesky SUPER 9 Rugby Championship will kick off on Saturday 21st April.
The main game for Rdound 1 will see last year’s finalists, the Eels and the Chiefs, square off at 12:00pm at the Apia Park Stadium. No doubt the Chiefs will be playing for the win this weekend, after missing out on the 2017 Championship title when the Eels beat them 38-17.