Results disappointing but rugby chief optimistic

By Sarafina Sanerivi ,

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Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai.

Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai. (Photo: File)

The Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Rugby Union, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai, has not hidden his disappointment about the Manu Samoa’s results of their Northern Hemisphere tour.

But he is also realistic that Manu Samoa is going through a rebuilding process.

With two losses from two games, Faleomavaega said the team desperately needs to win its final game of their tour.

Speaking to the Samoa Observer yesterday, Faleomavaega said that the Union is just as disappointed as every other Manu Samoa supporter there is. 

“We’re all disappointed like the whole country,” said Faleomavaega.

“But that is something the Union can’t control and I think at this point in time, I think when the completion of the Northern Hemisphere tour, theUnion will then sit down with the coaches and the management team and go through the process.

“We will have a look at our team again and see where we are at this point in time whether we are on track with the progress or whether it’s going backwards or whatnot. 

“And then we will review the whole set up of what’s happening with the team and so forth. 

“Basically the management team will sit down with the selectors and look at the whole campaign to see where we are.”

Faleomavaega said their focus now is to get the best possible team for the next Rugby World Cup in Japan.

“Our focus at the moment is rebuilding Manu Samoa to try and qualify for the next World Cup,” he said. 

“And we’re second at the moment in the Tri-Nations with Tonga and Fiji and the top two qualifiers will go to the World Cup.

“And that’s a game we will have next year. We will be hosting Fiji here next year in July and we are also hosting Wales in Samoa in June next year. 

“So the whole programme is focusing on trying to qualify.”

Finally, he admitted that the results have been really disappointing but he didn’t want to comment further. 

“Yeah to be honest, the results haven’t come our way and I think it’s best that you ask the coaches on where he thinks we’ve gone wrong in terms of the team’s performance. 

“I think that is something Alama should come up and see where we are at this point in time, and how we are progressing.”

 

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