Between the Lines
The Sevens team might not have had much luck on the field lately but if the behaviour of some of the players off it is anything to go by, they are definitely winners.
A friend of B.T.L. was on a Samoa Airways flight from Auckland to Apia on Sunday and witnessed with gratitude the gentle nature of three of the team members.
He could only identify one Neria Foma’i, David Afamasaga and another young player who helped to carry a wheelchair-bound man from the top to the bottom of the stairways so he could board the flight at Gate 6.
The elevator had failed and the man had no way of getting to the bottom.
But then the Sevens’ boys came to the rescue.
Well done gentlemen, keep it up and hopefully those results on the field will follow soon.
Positive check in vibes
Speaking of Samoa Airways, boarding at Auckland Airport is certainly an experience if you’re flying with the national airline.
They have a lovely lady at the check in counter who interacts with passengers and provides helpful information in the Samoan language to many of our people who need it.
What’s hard to ignore though is that she is wearing a bright and colourful puletasi amidst Auckland’s freezing weather.
Unwanted by Samoa, star in Australia
It happened to DJ Forbes and a few other Samoans who have gone on to play for the All Blacks and other teams.
They came and wanted to play for Samoa but were not wanted.
And now it appears to have happened again.
A Samoan rugby player who was apparently unsuccessful in an attempt to make the Samoa U20's side in 2015 has been picked up by the Wallabies and he is now one of their newest stars.
The man is Brandon Paenga-Mosa.
Remember that name.
As for the selectors at the Union, how many more players like these guys are they going to allow to slip through the cracks.