Tomorrow, Samoa’s U20’s team will be put to the test.
The Baby Manu will open their international campaign against a strong Australian side.
The 26-man squad has already arrived in Australia and has wasted no time putting in the hard yards on the field.
Head Coach, Fa’aofo Junior Leota told the Samoa Observer that this will be an excellent way for the team to kick into gear.
“I think the whole team is strong. If there are any weaknesses we’ll sure find out in Oceania.”
“It’s really good, everyone’s humming along now and all the boys are fine tuning their fitness,” he said.
With captain, Ivan Fepulea’i, leading the way; the team is ready for the challenges Oceania will bring.
The management sees this tournament as a great opportunity to identify any areas of weakness which they will need to work on as they continue their preparations for the World Rugby U20s Championship to be held in Georgia in June.
OFFICIAL STARTING LINE UP FOR AUSTRALIA MATCH:
1. LOOSEHEAD PROP - (C) Ivan Fepuleai
2. HOOKER - Petelo Ikenasio
3. TIGHTHEADPROP - Noel Sanft
4. LEFTLOCK - Theodore Solipo
5. RIGHTLOCK - Peato Toeafe
6. LEFTFLANKER - Benjamin Sau
7. RIGHT FLANKER - Caleb Faalili
8. NUMBEREIGHT - Francis Ah Him
9. SCRUMHALF - Godinet Tinei
10. FLYHALF - Simon Toleafoa
11. LEFTWING - Losi Filipo
12. LEFTCENTRE - Aneriueta Piopa
13. RIGHTCENTRE - Oukoumeni Paisami
14. RIGHTWING - Alexandra Pohla
15. FULLBACK - Ricky Pauli Ene
16. FRONTROW - Frank Tupuola
17. FRONTROW - Jerry Samania
18. FRONTROW - Seutena Asomua
19. Shammah Solomona
20. Wyatt Setu
21. Pupi Ah See
22. Ethan Lolesio
23. Tanielu Telea
HEAD COACH: Fa’aofou’u Junior Leota JP
ASST. COACH: Setu Tuilaepa
TECHNICAL ADVISOR: Mahonri Schwalger
TRAINER: Keegan Murphy
PHYSIO: Joshua Melrose
MANAGER: Ulu Shinn Ete
SCHEDULE (Australian Time):
28th April,2017 NZ vs Fiji 17.00 Bond University, Gold Coast
28th April, 2017 Aust. vs Samoa 19.00 Bond University, Gold Coast
02 May, 2017 NZ vs Samoa 17.00 Bond University, Gold Coast
02 May, 2017 Aust. Vs Fiji 19.00 Bond University, Gold Coast
06 May, 2017 Samoa vs Fiji 17.00 Bond University, Gold Coast
06 May, 2017 Aust. NZ 19.00 Bond University, Gold Coast