Sport in Samoa is a community event, which might explain why this tiny nation turns out a disproportionate number of great sportspeople. Drive through any village in the late afternoon and you’ll see people of all ages gathering on the malae (village green) to play rugby, volleyball and kirikiti. Fautasi (45-person canoe) races are held on special occasions. Samoa’s main obsession is rugby union and the members of the national team, Manu Samoa, are local heroes – as are the many Samoan players who fill the ranks of rugby union, rugby league and netball teams in NZ, Australia, the UK and France.