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.
|Name||Club (Kalapu)||Village (Nu’u)|
|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|
|Jake Grey||Samoa A||Vailoa, Faleata, Foailalo, Salega|
|Anthony Perenise||Bristol||Solosolo, Fasito’o-‐Tai|
|Sakaria Taulafo||Stade Français||Asau, Malie|
|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|
|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|
|Vavao Afemai||Samoa A||Vaiala, Lauli’i|
|Pele Cowley||Auckland||Vaigaga, Toamua|
|Patrick Fa’apale||Samoa A||Vaipuna, Vaiala, Fagaloa|
|Faialaga Afamasaga||Samoa A||Fasito’o-‐oTai, Vailuu-‐Tai|
|Johnny Leota||Sale Sharks||Avao|
|Paul Perez||Natal Sharks||Vaigaga|
|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|
|Fa’atoina Autagavaia||Nevers||Vailoa, Palauli|
|Ah See Tuala||Northampton Saints||Moamoa, Gataivai|
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|