Alamanda Motuga replaces injured Afaesetiti Amosa

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AWAJI, JAPAN – THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2019: Manu Samoa Sevens stalwart Alamanda Motuga has been called into the team’s Rugby World Cup squad to replace Number 8 Afaesetiti Amosa – who suffered a serious knee injury during Samoa’s 34-9 victory over Russia on Tuesday night.

“Alamanda was part of our group for the Tonga test in the Pacific Nations Cup, so he understands our game and our team environment,” said Manu Samoa coach Vaeluagaomatagi Steve Jackson in Awaji, Japan today.

“Even though he’s a genuine number seven – he is also very versatile and can cover multiple positions. He’s a very fit and hardworking player who deserves the opportunity,” said Vaeluagaomatagi.

Motuga hails from the Manurewa club in New Zealand. The 25 year old has been a stand out for Samoa on the World Rugby International Sevens Series, where he has scored 55 tries from 161 matches. His single Test appearance for the Manu Samoa was against Tonga during the Pacific Nations Cup in July 2019.

Motuga arrives in Japan tomorrow (Friday).