The Samoan rugby league team broke its drought at the weekend with victory over Papua New Guinea, while Samoan rugby union remains at its weakest point for decades. But how did it become a powerhouse of rugby? This week’s Rugby Reloaded looks back at what makes Samoan history unique and how globailsation could be the saviour of both codes. For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, follow me on Twitter @collinstony and at

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