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Lima, Betham undecided on Manu coaching job

Two high profile rugby coaches  are yet to decide if they will apply for the head coach vacancies with the Manu Samoa Sevens and 15s teams.

World Rugby Hall of Famer, Muliagatele Brian Lima and former Manu Samoa Sevens coach, Stephen Betham, told the Samoa Observer in separate interviews that they haven’t decided on whether to apply for the two coaching vacancies. 

"I am still thinking about it," said Muliagatele. "As of now I cannot say much about it."

According to World Rugby, Muliagatele is Samoa’s most capped player with 64 appearances in a 16-year international career. He also remains Samoa’s top try scorer with 31 with 29 of them in test matches. At the 1991 Rugby World Cup, he made history when he became the youngest player to play at the age of 19 years and 255 days. 

Muliagatele retired after the 2007 Rugby World Cup and was the head coach of Samoa A. Currently, he is the coach for the Manuma team who were released from quarantine last Friday.

Betham, who has coached the Manu Sevens and 15 teams before, told the Samoa Observer recently that he is still “sleeping” on the idea. 

"The Prime Minister always says, you know, ‘sleep on it’ and at the moment there are a lot of consultations and thinking so I’m sleeping on it and hopefully I get a whisper from here and there and make a decision then," he said. "But at the moment, I haven’t applied for it (head coach job), not at this stage.”

Applications for the Manu Samoa 15s head coach job close on June 26 and the Sevens one a week later on July 3.

The Manu Sevens head coach position became vacant when incumbent Sir Gordon Tietjens resigned.

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