Frankie Luvu is warming up at the Panthers’ minicamp earlier this month. (Photo: Jim Deadman, USA Today Sports)

Frankie LuvuThe “Boa of Samoa”, which has been on a 19-tackle tune in Palus since 2014-17, turned its head in its first, high-octane expedition with the Carolina Panthers after three as a New York Jet last season. And now this offseason, he is breaking the news by performing the Samoan war dance Shiva Tau to his Panther teammates.

“I think football is an aggressive sport, and you need to get that energy out of you. Get those butterflies out of you and get ready to go,” Luvu said in a recent story by Darren Gant, the official Union site. “I’m trying to work a little Shiv Tau, so you’ll see it when we get it down. Right now, we’re keeping it simple, so we’re learning it.”

Luvu is located in Tafuna, an American town in Samoa with a population of less than 8,000, just south of Pago Pago. In the country of Samoa, about 100 miles northwest of the water, Shiva Tau originated. Siva Tau has fought for Samoa’s acclaimed national rugby team for over 30 years.

“All we’re saying there is we’re going to fight with my family. I’ve got my family. I have my brother on my right hand and my left hand. It’s related to football, because it’s a team and family game,” Luvu said. Says.

Here are the lyrics translated into English:


Ready for battle!

Fight hard!

Work to achieve!


Let’s go

Manu Samoa, may you succeed in your goal

Manu Samoa, may you succeed in your goal

Manu has come to Samoa

The second manu is nowhere to be found

Here I am completely ready

My strength is at its peak

Make your way and go to the side

Because this Manu is unique

Manu Samoa!

Manu Samoa!

Manu Samoa rules from Samoa


Luvu learned Shiva Tau at Tafuna High, where his late coach, Antonio “King” Tupuola, sent warriors into battle, chanting Shiva Tau in unison every week. “He brought the team together. He was a tone-setter for the kids. He carried it out. When the time came, he took it very seriously, because it turned the kids off,” says Luvu.

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“It brings us together,” said Panthers defender Jeremy Chin. “It’s electrifying. It brings us all to the same page and brings energy that not many people bring. It’s definitely contagious for the whole group.

To read more about Luvu’s work with Shiva Tau Panthers and to watch a video of the Panthers leading a spell at a recent minicamp, click here.

Luv played 16 games for the Panthers last season and made four starts. He posted 43 tackles (including 8 losses), recovered 3 fumbles and forced 1. Many of his hits were bone-crushing. He signed a two-year, $ 9 million deal with the Panthers this off-season.

Gantt writes that Luvu is now ready for an even bigger role this coming season as Haasan has been sent to the Eagles by the Reddick Agency. Former Husky and fellow Panthers linebacker Shack Thompson told reporters last week that there was no way to describe Luvu. “He’s enthusiastic. He’s a leader … he’s the one you can play on.”

At WSU, Luvu played in special teams as a true newcomer in 2014, saw spot duty on defense in 2015, including an unforgettable effort in the Sun Bowl victory over Miami, and then played a match at RUSH linebacker in 2016 and 2017. He started. In those previous two seasons, he posted 21 games, 99 tackles – 19 for loss – and earned honorable mention as an All-Pac-12 senior. He was signed by the Jets as a drafted free agent in 2018 and spent three seasons at Gotham before signing with the Panthers in March 2021.

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One of LUVU’s WSU teamRunning back Jamal MoroIn the second week of the Canadian Football League season, the Saskatchewan Rafriders beat Edmonton 26-16 to end the second night’s effort. He ran for 126 yards, averaged 7.4 yards on 17 carries and scored TD points. He also caught 4 passes for 28 yards.

“That’s what I expect from every game,” Moro told TSN in a post-game interview.

Last year, almost only used as a return man, he ran only 9 times throughout the season.

Another LUVU teammate at WSUCo-produced by RUSH and American Samoa Logan Tago, Re-signed with Major League Rugby’s Utah Warriors this offseason. The 6-4 wing played four games for the Warriors in 2021. He also played for the USA Men’s Sevens team in the first two HSBC World Sevens Series in Dubai in 2021.