Manu 7s seeking positive Series finish in Paris
The Manu Samoa 7s are looking to finish the World Rugby Sevens Series on a high at the Paris Sevens tournament that starts tonight.
Team Manager Peter Poulos said it is important for the team to finish positively and aim high.
"Especially with a lot of younger guys who will be getting game time, building depth and experience heading into the Pacific Games and later on the Oceania Championship Olympic qualifiers in Fiji."
With Siaosi Asofolau, Melani Matavao and Paulo Scanlan unavailable through injury, Maauga Iamanu, Sione Young Yen and Paulo Toilolo Fanuasa come into the squad for Paris.
Young Yen and Toilolo Fanuasa will make their Series debuts at the tournament, while Iamanu and forward Phillip Luki have just two Series tournaments under their belts.
Samoa's first game is against Canada at 10 pm tonight Samoan time, followed by the U.S.A. at 1:48 am and Spain at 4:52 am.
U.S.A. will be favourites to top the group, but Samoa have had success against both Canada and Spain on the Series this year and look the second-strongest team in the pool on paper.
They will likely need to secure a Cup quarterfinal place for Day Two to overtake Australia in sixth, in order to make up the four point gap between the sides.
Finishing above their Oceania foes could provide a psychological boost ahead of the Olympic qualifiers in November.
With Fiji and New Zealand already locked in for the Olympics, it will likely be Samoa and Australia duking it out for the qualifying spot awarded to the highest finishing team at the Oceania Championships.