Manu Samoa settling in England ahead of Germany
After a 36 hour long flight from Apia, Manu Samoa is going through its training paces in England until Sunday 8 July.
A report from Team Manager Va’aelua Aloi Alesana last night said the team arrived Tuesday 3 July and is based at the Holiday Inn Surrey Guildford.
“Will be training here until Sunday 8 July, then travel to Frankfurt, Germany and to Helderberg where Game 2 of RWCQ against Germany will take place,” said Va’aelua.
“Everyone is doing fine, recovering from Saturday’s game and the long travel of 36hrs.
“The Manu Samoa Management, Captain and players wish to thank our beloved country for the encouragement and support during the team’s time in Samoa preparing for RWCQ Game 1 against Germany.”
Before the team departed Samoa on Monday morning, Head Coach Fuimaono Dickie Tafua is under no illusion that Germany will be looking for an upset.
He noted the German players having a training run at Apia Park shortly after they lost to Samoa last Saturday. A disappointed German Coach Pablo Lemoine said some of the players did not respect the national jersey and were not at the level to make the world cup.
The Team Manager/Coach Frederik Potgieter said there will be major change to the composition of their team for Game 2 on 14 July.