The Samoa Rugby Union has officially announced the training squad for Brisbane Ten’s.
The trials last Saturday saw a heated match as players laid everything they had at the pitch at Apia Park.
Beginning in early December with heaps of locals players wanting to put their hands up for the team and now dwindling down to the last few, these players have worked extremely hard to have their names on this roster.
Back in blue, the team is captained by one of Samoa’s favorite Seven’s players, Toleafoa Faalemiga Selesele. Also up for the Ten’s challenge is Manu Samoa’s: Patrick Faapale, Danny Tusitala, Jeff Lepa, Greg Foe, Opetara Peleseuma and Oneone Faafou.
Coming up from the U20’s program is Jared Adams, Ausetalia Vaiomanu Bronson Fotualii, and Johnny Samuelu .
Even with the presence of the international players, the local players should not be discounted.
On the roster is some of Samoa’s finest, with Olympic Athelete, Kaino Fuataga, Samoa A’s Mealani Matavao, Johnny Vaili much more.
Samoa has intricately woven the best of all four campaigns to form the strongest assembly of Samoan players across codes.
However, players should not count their chickens before they hatch.
The squad will undergo an intense three weeks of training before the final squad is announced.
Head Coach, Namulauulu Alama Ieremia is adamant that he is looking to include sevens players in the line-up who are currently campaigning in Wellington.
The HSBC Wellington finishes on January 29th which gives the boys barely enough time to be selected for the final squad which will be announced January 30th.
Brisbane Global Rugby 10s Training Squad
1. Tietie TUIMAUALUGA - SCOPA
2. Ausetalia VAIOMANU - Queensland University
3.Jared ADAMS - Pukepuke
4. Faleniu IOSI - Moataa
5. Bronson FOTUALII - Sunnyback
6. Ripine FUALAU - Moataa
7. Oneone FAAFOU - Vaiala
8. Jeff LEPA - Waimea Old Boys
9. Liahona VAEGAAU - Moataa
10. Mikaele TAPILI - Marist
11. Fa’alemiga Selesele (c) - Moataa
12. Greg FOE - Poneke
13. Lucky PALAMO - Harlequins
14. Melani MATAVAO - Vaiala
15. Danny TUSITALA - Ponsonby
16. Patrick FA’APALE - Vaiala
17. D’Angelo LEILUA - Papatoetoe
18. Opetera PELESEUMA - Hutt Old Boys Marist
19. Fa’afou AMATE - Moataa
20. Kaino FUATAGA - Vaiala
21. Meki MAGELE - Marist
22. Alex SAMOA - Ardmore
23. Faletoa MOLI - Marist
24. Johnny SAMUELU - Vaiala
25. Johnny VAILI - Moataa