Alafoti Fa'osiliva completes knee rehab, eying Manu World Cup return

Former Manu Samoa loose forward Alafoti Fa'osiliva has completed his rehab from a knee ligament injury and will push for a place in the 2019 Rugby World Cup squad.

The 33-year-old missed the second half of Worcester Warriors' club campaign with the injury sustained in December, and was released by the club when his contract expired at the end of the season.

But the Warriors continued to allow him access to the medical and fitness facilities to finish his rehab in search of a place in the 31-man squad for September.

The 2010 World Rugby Sevens Series champion's last game for the Manu was in June 2017 against Wales at Apia Park.

Meanwhile Worcester are welcoming Samoan Melani Nanai to the club, with the outside back set to join pre-season training on Monday.

He will be available to play for the Warriors from the start of their domestic season next month, which should rule him out of joining Manu Samoa's World Cup campaign.

Former Manu wing Ed Fidow has been in preseason training for Worcester since last month, and they also have former Hurricanes lock Michael Fatialofa on their books.

Nanai and Fatialofa are both yet to win international caps for any country, while Fidow was part of Vaeluaga Steve Jackson's first Manu Samoa squad for the 2018 November tour after making his debut in June of that year.

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