The coaching position for the Manu Samoa XV is vacant. The Samoa Rugby Union has decided to advertise the position following a Board meeting.
This was confirmed in a statement issued today. It reads:
The immediate future of the Manu Samoa XVs programme was decided in a Samoa Rugby Union meeting of the Board.
The Board has decided to re-advertise the position of Manu Samoa Head Coach currently under the Leadership of Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua.
Fuimaono took the reins from Namulauulu Alama in November 2017 with the difficult task of qualifying Manu Samoa for the 2019 RWC with Games against Germany in July this year.
With Manu Samoa securing qualification for the RWC in Japan, the SRU Board deliberated on the best way forward for Manu Samoa to prepare and do well at Rugby World Cup 2019.
The Board also considered and mindful of its obligations under its HP Investment Agreement with World Rugby, that SRU allows the opportunity to engage in securing the Head Coach and technical support through a recruitment process within the terms of conditions of its Investment with SRU.
This will best serve the needs of the programme, including the upcoming northern tour, with important RWC 2019 preparations matches against USA, Georgia and Spain.
The Board has made its decision for this to happen with unwavering determination to see a quality Manu Samoa showing at the Premier Rugby Event held every 4 years.