Manusina 7s training squad named
The Manusina 7s management team has selected their training squad after the National 7s trials run over a two-week period at the Apia Park Stadium.
A total of 18 players made the cut following the trial games from January 14–15 and 21–22 with speedster and Taema captain Lomi Mulipola as well as Tilafaiga’s Saelua Seleti headlining the training squad.
Players Opeta Toala (Nafanua), Jasmine Tiatia (Taema) and Elisapeta Leti (Tilafaiga) were also selected, thanks to their impressive defense and attack during the trial games.
The Tilafaiga team contributed the most number of players with nine, followed by Taema (five) and Nafanua (four). Players that did not make the squad will join the Lakapi Samoa rugby academy.
The Manusina 7s coach Auimatagi Sapani Pomare recently indicated in an interview with the Samoa Observer that he was happy with the performance of the players during the National 7s trial games.
And while players still need to improve on the finer aspects of their game management, he said he saw improvements in their various matches during the trials.
The 18 players who were named for the training squad are: Marelda Collins (Tilafaiga), Charity Leiataua (Tilafaiga), Fogamanono Sila (Taema), Opeta To'ala (Nafanua), Alofa Sopoaga (Nafanua), Litia Nuu (Taema), Elisapeta Leti (Tilafaiga), Fuarosa Niusila (Tilafaiga), Saelua Seleti (Taema), Lomi Mulipola (Tilafaiga), Perise Tumutumu (Tilafaiga), Ruhamah Leiataua (Nafanua), Jasmine Tiatia (Taema), Faalua Lefulefu (Tilafaiga), Suliando Lafai (Nafanua), Fofoga Vaa (Taema), Afioga Opapo(Tilafaiga), and Ariota Tupito (Tilafaiga).