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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Radike Samo at his best in 2004

Radike Samo at his best in 2004

Back in 2004 it was very seldom that you didn't hear Australian commentators yelling out 'SAMMMMO' whenever the Brumbies played. Radike Samo was indeed somewhat of a freak of nature.

The Fijian born Samo was a monster of a man who played second row for Australia and the Brumbies, but was also comfortable playing on the wing if need be. The big man is seen here wrecking havoc on two of the strongest New Zealand outfits.

With his trade mark ball-in-one-hand long strides and the infinitely long reach to fend off any would-be tacklers, the Fijian Samo was a wonder to watch in his time with the Brumbies not too long ago.

He literally made runs like these every week, and it was a huge disapointment for many to see him leave the Brumbies at the peak of his game, shortly after Wallaby selection.

He has since achieved with Stade Francais, but possibly never reached the same heights as he did in Australia. Enjoy a moment or two of classic Brumbies running action, from a legend in his own time, Radike Samo.

Posted by Rugbydump at 12:47 pm | View Comments (23)

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mo14k April 24, 2008 12:04 pm

Wow!! What a crazy... EFFECTIVE technique to run with the ball!! Absolute crazy, he must have a monster handshake & grip to be able to hold the ball like that and run at full pace, while also dodging players!! lol...

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Anonymous April 24, 2008 1:03 pm

holy shit. is this guy still around. talk about an athletic second row. you dont see that too often

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Sharky April 24, 2008 1:28 pm

Classic! From what I recall, he was selected for Fiji one week then ended up playing for Aus the next. Strange stituation, but great player. I still don't understand why he left the Brumbies when he was in such great form. Anyone seen him play more recently, for Stade Francais? I heard he scored a winning try, but besides that, as good as before?

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Don April 24, 2008 1:33 pm

God that man is big...Never seen anyone control the rugby ball like that with just one hand...and he's fast MONSTER.

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Rancid April 24, 2008 4:09 pm

Sonny Bill Williams, the league player. Does the exact same thing, the one handed ball carry... He's renound for it.Seems pretty bloody effective if you can pull it off

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212 April 24, 2008 5:32 pm

my christ he is quick!

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BAG April 24, 2008 7:14 pm

Reminds me of myself back in my prime.

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Anonymous April 24, 2008 7:36 pm

Radike Samo plays in Japan actually. He scored his last try with Stade Francais during the Top 14's final.

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joe savou April 24, 2008 9:06 pm

bula samo your a legendvinaka vaka levu!

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Anonymous April 24, 2008 9:35 pm

was that sivivatu he burnt in the second clip :O:O:O:O:O:O:O!!!

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Anonymous April 25, 2008 2:26 am

holy shit that was sivivatu, i don't think he burnt him but he's almost as fast and thats incredible for a 111 kg forward

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Dave April 25, 2008 2:27 am

holy shit that was sivivatu, i don't think he burnt him but he's almost as fast and thats incredible for a 111 kg forwardsorry i forgot to put my name

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Anonymous April 25, 2008 2:50 am

I remember this guy. Great for the Brumbies and was seen to be the next big thing, he played only a few tests for Australia and then disappeared. I thought it was so impressive when he would jump in the line outs and catch the ball with one hand. Shame he left Australia when he was at the peak of his career.

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nesianrugby April 25, 2008 5:49 am

fijian speed!!!

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Jambo April 25, 2008 9:15 am

I tell you what is nice about this is the way Sivivatu gives him a pat on the head for a great try. He knows he got burnt and appreciated it, great speed from the second row.

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Ryan April 26, 2008 12:42 am

WOWWWEEE that is friecken awesome!!!! thanks for posting that ive been hoping ud get a video of him online for a while.. soo is there any chance of radike playing in a world cup or internationally again if he's off playing for france/japan? hows that work? do u have to be a citizen?

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wagga magpie April 26, 2008 8:19 am

supreme athleticism! its a shame that players of this calibre are financially forced to chose to play a few tests for Australia (or NZ for that matter), which then disqualifies them from playing for their country of birth. imagine how strong a combined pacific islanders team would be with all of their players - including the ones snapped up early by the Wobblies and AB's!

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G-unit April 28, 2008 3:09 am

awesome player! I wondered what happened to him too! He had a great year, bit of a destroyer, just in the Lauaki mold... As for the above comments, don't you remember the combined Pacific Islands team a few years back, almost beating Australia, South Africa and NZ? only losing by a few points...i don't know why they cancelled the concept, possibly, because with little or no training together, they almost defeated the three powerhouses of world rugby! and if they continued, than they would be the world's best team... fijian wingers, samoan front row, tongan second row, scary...haha! Lauaki played for them and was very effective...actually RD if you have any footage of these games i'd love to see them!

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chris April 28, 2008 5:30 am

i remember hearing about the pacific islanders game vs the wallabies (an under strength side) last year or teh year before in adelaide and they either beat the wallabies or lost by a few points, but either way they absolutly smashed alot of players and injured quite a few from memory.... so thats prolly the reason it was canned, they hurt us - lol.

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Anonymous November 10, 2008 11:16 pm

dis is radike samo from fiji islands. his from a town call nadi and a villiage call narewa.left his home town and villiage as a 21 year old fast winger and develope into a incredeble forward. and has reach the height of his my uncles country or tribe or town, for us wearing a wallabies or brumbies jersey is a dream come true.playing super 12 was everything to young fijian dreamers but little old for it to come true is a gift from god proberly wasn't about staying cause it was his prime time but maybe it was the right time for my uncle to enjoy the rest of his rugby carrier.he didn't need to prove anything else to his fan's and importantly to his family back home in the tribe call narewa where he grew up.don't forget everyone that its about having fun and if it's not fun anymore than there's no point waisting your time.

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Fourbe August 27, 2011 12:20 pm

Thumbs up if the TN game today brought you here!

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Anonymous August 28, 2011 9:50 am

@Sharky, he wasn't in great form when he left the Brumbies, he made the Wallabies in 2004 but they played him at blindside flanker and he didn't make the same runs in the few games they actually gave him, so they quickly dropped him. He got an injury and a little out of shape, he got hardly any game time for the brumbies to the point they weren't even putting him on the bench, so he left for overseas.

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Anonymous August 29, 2011 3:39 am

Someone said he was plagued by alcoholism when I asked why this bloke was not developed by the ARU. Is that correct? Did they not see his potential? It's absurd.

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