Final Manu Samoa squad named

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MANU SAMOA: The squad will assemble in London on 30 October to prepare for test matches against France 12th November, Georgia 19th November and Canada in Grenoble on 25th November.

MANU SAMOA: The squad will assemble in London on 30 October to prepare for test matches against France 12th November, Georgia 19th November and Canada in Grenoble on 25th November. (Photo: File)

Manu Samoa Head Coach, Namulauulu Alama Ieremia, has selected the final Manu Samoa Squad for the Northern Hemisphere Tour.

The team sees the return of Kahn Fotuali’i and Paul Williams to the fold. 

The squad will assemble in London on 30 October to prepare for test matches against France 12th November, Georgia 19th November and Canada in Grenoble on 25th November.

Manu Samoa coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia.

Manu Samoa coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia.

“I’m pleased with the mix of the squad especially with some experienced players returning to the team,” Namualuulu said. 

“Also the debutants are rewarded for good form and with a view to the future. Of note and importance, are the players selected and non‐selected through the scrutiny of the Samoa A program. It reinforces the significance of this campaign to screen our next level of players for test rugby. 

“This feeder pathway to Manu Samoa together with our professional contracted players overseas is critical for our future.

“We need our experienced players to help win test matches in the northern hemisphere. Their familiarity with playing conditions and the opposition is key for our younger players to learn from. Throughout our injury list, there are key experienced players unavailable. This will test us but it’s an opportunity for others to make their claim. I’m excited and looking forward for Manu Samoa to once again come together and represent our country with pride.”

The TEAM 

*Indicates Manu Samoa debutants

Props: 

1. Sakaria Taulafo - Stade Francais (FRANCE) 

2. Census Johnston - Toulouse (FRANCE) 

3. Logovii Mulipola - Leicester (UK) 

4. Anthony Perenise - Bristol (UK) 

5. Nephi Leatigaga* - Samoa A (SAMOA) 

6. Yoshishisa Sasagi* - Hurricanes (NZ)

Hookers: 

7. Maatulimanu Leiataua - Bayonne (FRANCE) 

8. Wayne Ole Avei - Bordeaux (FRANCE) 

9. Elia Elia - Canterbury (NZ)

Locks: 

10. Teofilo Paulo - Treviso (ITALY) 

11. Faatiga Lemalu - Sunwolves (JAPAN) 

12. Piula Faasalele - Toulouse (FRANCE) 

13. Chris Vui* - North Harbour (NZ)

Loose Forwards: 

14. Jack Lam - Bristol (UK) 

15. Alafoti Faosiliva - Worcester (UK) 

16. Gregory Foe - Wellington (NZ) 

17. Oneone Faafou - Samoa A (SAMOA) 

18. Genesis Mamea* - Perpignan (FRANCE)

Halfbacks: 

19. Kahn Fotualii - Bath (UK) 

20. Pelefofoga Cowley - Waikato (NZ) 

Manu Samoa coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia.
Manu Samoa coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia.

21. Danny Tusitala - Samoa A (SAMOA)

Flyhalf: 

22. D'Angelo Leuila - Southland (NZ) 

23. Patrick Faapale - Samoa A (SAMOA)

Midfielders: 

24. Reynold Lee-­Lo - Cardiff Blues (WALES) 

25. Paul Williams - Stade Francais (FRANCE) 

26. George Pisi - Northampton Saints (UK) 

27. Winston Stanley - Halequins (UK) 

28. Opetera Peleseuma* - Samoa A (SAMOA)

Outside Backs: 

29. David Lemi - Bristol (UK) 

30. Ken Pisi - Northampton (UK) 

31. Ahsee Tuala - Northampton (UK) 

32. Paul Perez - Toulouse (FRANCE) 

33. Albert Nikoro - Western Force (AUSTRALIA)

Management Team: 

1. Head Coach: Namulauulu Alama Ieremia (SRU, SAMOA) 

2. Manager: Ramsey Tomokino (SRU, SAMOA) 

3. Forwards Coach: Richard Watt (Hurricanes, NZ) 

4. Scrum Coach: Daniel Cron (Hurricanes, NZ) 

5. Defence Coach: Semo Sititi (Counties, NZ) 

6. Video Analysis: Junior Narayan (SRU, SAMOA) 

7. Trainer S&C: Tim Rogers (SRU, SAMOA) 

8. Physio: Grant Ashton (SRU, SAMOA)

Players unavailable due to injury: 

• Paul Alo­‐Emile (Stade Francais, FRANCE) 

• Sam Aiono (Counties, NZ) 

• Motu Matuu (Gloucester, UK) 

• TJ Ioane (Sale, UK) 

• Vavae Tuilagi (Carcassonne, FRANCE) 

• Tusi Pisi (Bristol, UK) 

• Alapati Leiua (Wasps, UK) 

• Faatoina Autagavaia (Nevers, FRANCE)

Players declaring their unavailability: 

• Tim Nanai-‐Williams (Ricoh, JAPAN) 

• Faifili Levave (Mitsubishi, JAPAN)

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