Manu Samoa Rugby World Cup squad named
The Manu Samoa have selected the 31 players that will represent the country at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Loose forward Piula Fa'asalele has been selected in spite of a wrist injury that ended his Pacific Nations Cup game early.
Tusiata Pisi was excellent off the bench against the New Zealand Heartland XV in his return to the side, and he is heading to his third World Cup.
Debutants against the Heartland XV Michael Alaalatoa and Scott Malolua will be looking to earn their first test caps at the tournament, if not against Australia next Saturday in Sydney.
After that match on the 7th, the Manu will head to Japan ahead of their World Cup opener against Russia on September 24th.
Manu Samoa Rugby World Cup squad of 31:
Hookers: Seilala Lam, Motu Matu’u, Ray Niuia
Props: Michael Alaalatoa, Paul Alo-Emile, James Lay, Jordan Lay, Logovi’i Mulipola
Locks: Kane Le’aupepe, Teofilo Paulo, Senio Toleafoa
Utility forwards: Josh Tyrell, Chris Vui
Loose forwards: Afaesetiti Amosa, Piula Fa’asalele, TJ Ioane, Jack Lam
Halfbacks: Scott Malolua, Melani Matavao, Dwayne Polataivao
First fives: AJ Alatimu, Tusi Pisi, Ulupano Seuteni
Midfielders: Kieron Fonotia, Rey Lee-Lo, Alapati Leiua, Henry Taefu
Outside backs: Ed Fidow, Tim Nanai-Williams, Ahsee Tuala, Belgium Tuatagaloa