Samoa to face Tonga twice in Oceania U20s Trophy next month

Samoa Under 20s against Fiji last year

APIA, SAMOA – TUESDAY 06 NOVEMBER 2018: The Samoa Rugby Union has announced the squad for the Oceania U20s Trophy qualifier in December this year.

The team is scheduled to play Tonga twice at the Marist St. Joseph’s Stadium 4 and 8 December 2018.

The squad remains unchanged from the team that competed in the World Rugby U20s Trophy in September 2018, and have already assembled in the country for their camp.

Samoa found themselves at the qualifying stage after failing to secure a place in the 2019 World Rugby U20s Championship when they lost to Fiji in the final. The team must be successful in the qualifying phase against Tonga to book their passage to the tournament in Argentina.

Head coach Mailo Potu Leavasa is wary of the strengths of the Tongan squad, and said his team will not take them lightly.

“The Tongan boys are coming here to win, and they will be determined to place significant pressure on us and nullify our set piece. They want to compete in next year’s U20 Trophy just as much as we do, and we have to make sure that we perform to our potential if we are to secure qualification,” said Mailo.

SAMOA U20’s OCEANIA SQUAD

1. Frank Sio, Tight head prop, Legends
2. Reita Puatolo, Loose head prop, NZ
3. Grecia Taele, Tight head prop, NZ
4. Saini Lese, Loose head prop, Eels
5. Jenny Ta’ateo, Prop/hooker, Knights
6. Tim Lilomaiava, Hooker, NZ
7. Albert Onelei, Hooker, Eels
8. Ioelu Kitiona, Lock, Warriors
9. Wesley Patu, Lock, Navigators
10. Miracle Failagi, Lock, Eels
11. Iosefatu Mareko, Loosie, Chiefs
12. Sione Young Yen, Loosie, Vikings
13. Joseph Faleafaga, Loosie, Tornadoes
14. Sharmar Solomona, Loosie, NZ
15. Pupi Ah See, Half back, Chiefs
16. Norman Uili, Half back, Eels
17. Dave Puleiala, Utility, Vikings
18. Fomai Fomai, First five, Eels
19. Simon Peter, First five, NZ
20. Frank Tato, Mid field, Vikings
21. Mo’o Ausage Falaniko, Mid field, NZ
22. Sipaia Fetu, Mid field, Eels
23. Kalvin Masoe, Outside back, Vikings
24. Pio Fuiono, Outside back, Chiefs
25. Jimfarefy Tupe, Outside back, Southern Tornadoes
26. Tuna Tuitama, Outside back, Chiefs
27. Taunuu Niulevaea, Outside back, Chiefs

Management:
Head Coach: Mailo Potu Leavasa
Asst. Coach: Stephen Betham
Trainers: Ashley Jones & Simon Price
Physio: Olivia Withers
Team manager: Rev. Onosai So’o