Manu Samoa 7s named for Perth

By Shalveen Chand 24 January 2024, 2:30PM

An impressive performance in the Pacific Games and continuous improvement during training has seen young Tom Maiava getting a nod for the Perth leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Manu Samoa 7s Head Coach Muliagatele Brian Lima has officially announced the squad to represent Samoa this weekend.

Tom Maiava from the Marist St Joseph’s club was a player who was described as a livewire during the Pacific Games. His ability to weave through the defence and then be strong in the tackle was outstanding.

Muliagatele is hoping to bring the young player on as a surprise. He knows that there have to be no mistakes this weekend if the team aims to make it to the Cup quarter-finals.

Additionally, the team welcomed back Uaina Sione and Neueli Leitufia, who have fully recovered from their injuries sustained last year.

Playmaker Melani Matavao has committed himself to sevens this year and his experience will be needed to guide the younger players.

For the head coach, the Seven Series will be the platform he will use to build the players up for the Olympic Games later this year.

Samoa is in Pool C, alongside Fiji, New Zealand, and France. Manu Samoa 7s will kick off their campaign on Friday 26 January at 7:38 pm against Fiji.

Fiji comes on the back of a world-renowned sevens championship that was played locally which featured sides from New Zealand, Australia, and the USA.

New Zealand, is looking to begin the year on a high note as they aim to build for the Paris Olympics later this year.

Captain Dylan Collier has also returned from injury and is expected to boost the team with his experience, joining players like Tim Mikkelson, Scott Curry, Regan Ware, and Sione Molia.

Manu Samoa 7s: Vaovasa Afa Sua, Faamaoni Jr Laomilo, BJ Telefoni Lima, Motu Opetai, Uaina Tui Sione, Taunuu Niulevaea, Melani Matavao, Neueli Leitufia, Tom Maiava, Paul Scanlan, Elisapeta Alofipo, Faafoi Falaniko, Malakesi Masefau


By Shalveen Chand 24 January 2024, 2:30PM
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