SPORTS: Manu Samoa team for South Africa, minus two, announced

Alan Ah Mu

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Rugby union chairman Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi announces

Rugby union chairman Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi reads out the names of the Manu Samoa team for South Africa.

Alan Ah Mu

APIA: MONDAY 5 APRIL 2013: The Manu Samoa team to compete in a new four nation tournament next June in South Africa could provide a geography lesson for a school such is the number of countries which the players have been called to duty from.

Midfielder, Isaia Tuifua, has been selected from Vigo Rugby Club, Spain

In announcing the team Samoa Rugby Union chairman, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, said two players will be added to the squad later.

They will be a loose forward and a winger.

A captain has yet to be finalised, team manager Namulauulu Sami Leota said.

It created speculation that last year’s captain, David Lemi, a winger, might be one of the players to be added depending on availability.

In the new tournament Manu Samoa play Scotland and Italy and perhaps South Africa depending on how well they go.

The Manu Samoa team:


Hookers:  Tii Paulo – ASM Clermont, France

Wayne ole Avei – Bordeaux Beagles, France

Manu Leiataua – North Habour, NZ


Props: Census Johnston – Toulouse, France

Logovii Mulipola – Leicester Tigers, UK

Sakaria Taulafo – London Wasps, UK

James Johnston – Harlequins, UK


Locks:        Kane Thompson – Canon Eagles, Japan

Iosefa Tekori – Casters Olympic, France

Daniel Leo – Perpignan, France

Teofilo Paulo – Cardiff Blues, Wales

Loose Forwards: Taisina Tuifua – Newcastle Falcons, UK

Alafoti Faosiliva – Bristol Rugby Club, UK

Ofisa Treviranus – London Irish, UK

Jack Lam – Hurricanes, NZ

Maurie Fa’asavalu – Harlequins, UK

Fa’alemiga Selsele – Moata’a, Samoa

** (One to be added)

Halfbacks:           Kahn Fotuali’i – Ospreys, Wales

Jeremy Sua – Canterbury Crusaders, NZ

Auvasa Faleali’i – Thas Newcastle, Australia


First Fives:           Tusitala Pisi – Hurricanes, NZ

Ki Anufe – Marist, Auckland, NZ


Midfields:            George Pisi – Hurricanes, NZ

Johnny Leota – Sale Sharks, UK

Isaia Tuifua – Vigo Rugby Club, Spain

Brando Va’aulu – Tokyo Gas, Japan


Wings:                 Alesana Tuilagi – NTT Shining Arcs, Japan

Alapati Leiua – Hurricanes, NZ

Robert Lilomaiava – Vaiala Rugby Club, Samoa

** (One to be added)


Fullbacks:            Paul Williams – Stade Francais, France

James So’oialo – Wellington Norths, NZ

One Comments

  • Viane Tagiilima 05 / 05 / 2013

    just read something on the web that the South African team has pulled out of the tournament….one of their Currie Cup teams, the Lions will replace them.