Manu Samoa squad named

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Kahn Fotualii and Tusi Pisi are part of the wider squad.

Kahn Fotualii and Tusi Pisi are part of the wider squad. (Photo: Andrew Cornaga / Photosport.co.nz)

A 45-man wider Manu Samoa squad has been named in preparation for the November Northern Hemisphere tour. 

Head coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia outlined the importance of selecting the right squad. 

“It’s encouraging to see players performing consistently for their respective clubs in the UK and France,” he said. 

“In saying that, some long term injuries plus the unavailability of certain key players has offered an opportunity to increase our depth for Manu Samoa.

We need to build on the momentum from the June test series - on and off the field. November test matches offer different challenges so we need to get the right balance between our up and coming youth with experienced campaigners in the Northern Hemisphere.

Fundamentally, we must continue the momentum to give us a chance at the World Cup qualification series in June 2017.

The final 32 man squad will be selected after viewing next week in New Zealand, Australia, Northern Hemisphere and the Samoa A currently in Uruguay, contesting the inaugural World Rugby America’s Pacific Challenge tournament”.

Manu Samoa play France, Georgia and Canada in a three test match tour starting on November 12th.

Props: 

1. Sakaria Taulafo, Stade Francais (FRA),  2. James Johnston, Worcester (UK),  3. Census Johnston,Toulouse (FRA),  4. Viliamu Afatia, Racing Metro 92 (FRA),  5. Logovii Mulipola, Leicester (UK),  6. Anthony Perenise, Bristol (UK),  7. Hisa Sasagi, Otago (NZ),  8. Matt Talaese, Northland (NZ),  9. Eric Sione, Castres Olympique (FRA),  10. Jake Grey, Samoa A (SAM),  11. Nuuuli Lene, Samoa A (SAM)

Hookers:

12. Elia Elia, Canterbury (NZ),  13. Maatulimanu Leiataua, Bayonne (FRA),  14. Seilala Lam, Nevers (FRA), 15. Wayne Ole Avei, Bordeaux (FRA)

Locks:

16. Teofilo Paulo, Benetton Treviso (ITA),  17. Faatiga Lemalu, Sunwolves (JPN), 

18. Piula Faasalele, Toulouse (FRA), 19. Jeff Lepa, Tasman Makos (NZ),  20. Talaga Alofipo, Samoa A (SAM)

Loosies: 

21. Jack Lam, Bristol (UK), 22. Tala James Ioane, Sale (UK), 23. Alafoti Faosiliva, Worcester (UK),  24. Genesis Mamea , Bourgoin (FRA),  25. Gregory Foe, Wellington (NZ),  26. Faalemiga Selesele, Hawkes Bay (NZ),  27. Oneone Faafou, Samoa A (SAM)

Halfbacks: 

28. Pele Cowley, Waikato (NZ),  29. Dwayne Polataivao, Auckland (NZ),  30. Danny Tusitala, Samoa A (SAM),  31. Kahn Fotualii, Bath (UK),  32. Auvasa Falealili, Nevers (FRA)

First fives: 

33. Tusiata Pisi, Bristol (UK),  34. Patrick Faapale, Samoa A (SAM),  35. D’Angelo Leuila, Southland (NZ)

Midfielders: 

36. Reynold Lee-Lo, Cardiff Blues (WAL), 37. Winston Stanley, Harlequins (UK),  38. Paul Williams, Stade Francais (FRA),  39. Paul Perez, Toulouse (FRA),  40. George Pisi, Northampton (UK)

Outsides: 

41. Ken Pisi, Northampton (UK),  42. David Lemi, Bristol (UK),  43. Ahsee Tuala, Northampton (UK),  44. Albert Nikoro, Western Force (AUST),  45. Malu Falaniko, Samoa A (SAM)

Head Coach: Namulau’ulu Alama Ieremia

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