Press Release with additional notes by Staff Reporters
APIA: SUNDAY 31 MAY 2015: The Samoa Rugby Union (SRU) is on the hunt for a new coaching team for the Manu Samoa Sevens team with only five months to the tough qualifying rounds for the Rio Olympics in 2016.
SRU interim Chief Executive Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai said the Union’s Board had decided not to renew contracts for Head Coach Fuimaono Dickie Tafua and Galumalemana Rudolf Moors.
The positions for the Head Coach and Assistant Coach were advertised as of today, Sunday 31 May.
“Obviously we were disappointed with the team’s inability to qualify for the Olympic Games during the 2014-2015 World Rugby Sevens Series.
“After failing to win a top four spot – and with it automatic Olympic qualification – our pathway to the Olympics is just a little harder,” he said.
Samoa now needs to play and be successful in regional tournaments later this year to earn a place at next year’s Games in Rio.
“We believe we have the talent to produce a champion team but the World Series results do not reflect where we see ourselves on the world stage.”
Talamua has learnt that Fuimaono Dickie Tafua and Galumalemana Moors had tendered their resignations with the Union an accepted at the SRU Annual General Meeting last Thursday evening.
Earlier in the day, the SRU Chairman Tuilaepa Sailele labeled the Manu Samoa Sevens 2014/2015 performance as the worst ever and suggested that if the Coaching team felt they had failed, it was better to bow out gracefully.
He was speaking at the opening of the 2015 Samoa Independence International Sevens that invited sevens icon Waisale Serevi as special guest.
Serevi told Talamua that the Samoa players lacked fitness as evident in close losses to good sides such as South Africa and New Zealand and he observed the team has good players that with fitness and right mindset can be very competitive.
The AGM re-elected Tuilaepa as Chairman, lawyer and former Manu Samoa prop Matafeo George Latu as Secretary. The vote for the Deputy Chairman position was a tie between sitting member Lefau Harry Schuster and Marist Sports Club President Laulu Henry Taefu. The SRU President Tuiloma Pule Lameko cast his vote for Lefau to remain in the position.