Manu Samoa squad departs for Pacific Nations Cup

Manu Samoa fans during last Tuesdays parade on Beach Road before the historic match against the All Blacks

APIA, SAMOA: MONDAY 13 JULY 2015: Manu Samoa Coach Stephen Betham has selected a mix of experienced overseas based players and upcoming local players in the 31 squad that departed Samoa this morning for the start of the Pacific Nations Cup in the United States and Canada in the weekend.

Captain Ofisa Treviranus had been rested after  incurring a neck injury in the Test match against the All    Blacks.      He was held in hospital overnight as a precaution has since been recovering at home. He will travel to New    Zealand for precautionary scans but   expected to be fit for the Rugby World Cup selection.

According to Betham, the focus in now on the PacificNations  Cup.

“We were pretty pleased with how the boys performed against the World   No.1.  team.   We   were   competitive up front and we were strong.   There are obviously some areas to keep working on, but overall,  not  a bad hit out for the boys.

“We’ve now  had a good chance to see those players involved in that game, and as we look  ahead to our Rugby World Cup campaign, the PNC gives  us an opportunity to see how other players  shape up in a tournament environment.

“As   well   as   providing   a   rest   period   for   some   of   our   senior   players,   the   primary objective is    for    these    men    to    show    us    what    they’ve got and to put up their hands for selection to the World Cup    squad.

“It’s been great having the entire training squad together which helps build a solid team spirit.

“Many of  the  players  we have selected are Samoa-based  and we’re delighted they will have the opportunity to    push for selection.”

Motu  Matu’u and James Johnston both join the squad this weekend after recovering from  injuries.

Winger Alesana    Tuilagi    will    captain    the    side    for    the    PNC    campaign. David Lemi    still    remains    unavailable    due    to    a    back injury.

Thank you Samoa
Manu Samoa Team Manager, Namulauulu Sami Leota has again expressed the team’s sincere thanks to the public’s support.

“On behalf of the  “people’s team”, I want to  thank you all for the heart‐felt unconditional support from our   supporters. Not only did Samoa make the All Blacks    feel    welcome, but we  were in no doubt    about    your    support  and we thank you  for  that.

“The   team     has   enjoyed   an   incredible   experience   through   the   week,   with   interest    in     the team at   training,   to   the   parade,   and   then   the   massive   crowd   support   at    game.      We    are    grateful    to    all    your    prayers    and    support,    and    we    hope    that    you    will    continue to back the boys as we   will need to hear your voices of support when    we are    off    shore.

“May I    also    acknowledge    all    the    sponsors    and    partners    of    the    game,    and    especially    all    those    that    were    working    24    hours    behind    the    scenes.    God    knows    who    you    are    and    may    the    good    Lord    bless    you    all,” said Namulau’uulu.

The squad:

Name Club (Kalapu) Village (Nu’u)
HOOKERS
Andrew Williams Samoa A Siumu, Falelatai, Sinamoga, Salelesi
Ma’atulimanu Leiataua Aurillac Vailoa Palauli, Safune, Manono, Apolima, Sa’anapu
Motu Matu’u Hurricanes Fastito’o-­‐uta, Poutasi
PROPS
Viliamu Afatia Agen Vaiala
Jake Grey Samoa A Vailoa, Faleata, Foailalo, Salega
James Johnston
Anthony Perenise Bristol Solosolo, Fasito’o-­‐Tai
Sakaria Taulafo Stade Français Asau, Malie
LOCKS
Faatiga Lemalu Sannix Blues Lefaga, Faleasiu
Maselino Paulino Samoa A Moamoa, Leauva’a, Samalaeulu
Teofilo Paulo Cardiff Blues Solosolo, Faleapuna, Safune, Matatufu, Saleaumua
Iosefa (Joe) Tekori Toulouse Vailele, Asau, Luatuanu’u
LOOSE FORWARDS
Oneone Faafou Samoa A Siumu
Francis Ieremia Samoa A Moata’a, Tuana’i
TJ Ioane Sale Sharks Vaie’e, Saleimoa
Jack Lam Bristol Gataivai, Malie
Faifili Levave Fasito’o-­‐uta, Lalomanu
Vavae Tuilagi Carcassonne Fatausi, Fogapoa, Lalomalava
HALFBACKS
Vavao Afemai Samoa A Vaiala, Lauli’i
Pele Cowley Auckland Vaigaga, Toamua
FIRST FIVE-­‐EIGHTHS
Patrick Fa’apale Samoa A Vaipuna, Vaiala, Fagaloa
Michael Stanley Ulster
MIDFIELDERS
Faialaga Afamasaga Samoa A Fasito’o-­‐oTai, Vailuu-­‐Tai
Johnny Leota Sale Sharks Avao
Paul Perez Natal Sharks Vaigaga
WINGS
Alofa Alofa La Rochelle Tafitoala, Solosolo
Faleniu Iosi Samoa A Moata’a, Safune
Sinoti Sinoti Newcastle Pata, Falelatai, Manono, Mulifanua
Alesana Tuilagi Newcastle Falcons Fatausi, Fogapoa, Lalomalava
FULLBACKS
Fa’atoina Autagavaia Nevers Vailoa, Palauli
Ah See Tuala Northampton Saints Moamoa, Gataivai

MANAGEMENT TEAM
Coach: Stephen Betham
Team Manager: Namulauulu    Sami    Leota
Assistant    Coach: Namulauulu    Alama    Ieremia
Scrum Coach:    Daniel  Cron
Lineout Specialist: George  Skivvington
Development    Coach:    Potu    Leavasa
Performance    Analyst:      Hugh    Galvan
Video   Analyst:      Junior    Narayan
Team    Doctor:      Shaun    Mauiliu
Physiotherapists:    Karolina    Vunibaka,    Akbar    Bhamji
S & C Coaches: Dave Edgar, Michael Deasy
Media  Manager:    Nonumalo    Juli    Clausen    Logistics    Manager:      Aloi    Alesana

World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup 2015 format and schedule:

POOL A: Samoa, Japan,, Tonga     POOL B: Fiji, USA, Canada

Fixtures will    be played in    a    round robin    and play-­‐offs    competition as per the Schedule below

PACIFIC NATIONS CUP 2015 – TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
ROUND 1 : SATURDAY 18 JULY
FIJI V TONGA ANZ STADIUM, SUVA TBC
CANADA V JAPAN AVAYA STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CA TBC
USA V SAMOA AVAYA STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CA TBC
ROUND 2 : FRIDAY 24 JULY
CANADA V TONGA SWANGARD STADIUM, VANCOUVER TBC
FIJI V SAMOA BONNEY FIELD, SACRAMENTO, CA TBC
USA V JAPAN BONNEY FIELD, SACRAMENTO, CA TBC
ROUND 3 : WEDNESDAY 29 JULY
USA V TONGA BMO STADIUM, TORONTO TBC
FIJI V JAPAN BMO STADIUM, TORONTO TBC
CANADA V SAMOA BMO STADIUM, TORONTO TBC
ROUND 4 : MONDAY 3 AUGUST – FINALS
5 V 6 SWANGARD STADIUM, VANCOUVER TBC
3 V 4 SWANGARD STADIUM, VANCOUVER TBC
1 V 2 SWANGARD STADIUM, VANCOUVER TBC

 

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