Four changes to Manu Samoa ahead of its first International Test

Manu Samoa Head Coach, Stephan Betham (right) in deep discussion with his Assistant Coaches. [photo: Samoa Rugby Union]

Manu Samoa 15’s, Team Manager, Namulauulu Sami Leota, has confirmed 4 new changes to the Manu Samoa’s initial selected 30 man squad for the Northern Hemisphere Tour due to injuries.

Alafoti Faosiliva has been called in to replace Kane Thompson who has been ruled out of the tour. James Sooialo replacing Alesana Tuilagi who has been injured over the weekend. Johnny Leota in for Paul Williams who will be missed out on the first test against Canada, but will be playing in the second match against Wales and the final test against France. Logovii Mulipola has yet to have a replacement.

Japan based player, Seilala Mapusua, has declared himself unavailable for the tour due to personal and family commitments. George Pisi is replacing Mapusua.

Head Coach Stephan Betham says his only concern at this stage is that some of the players will be playing for their clubs in the weekend, so there is a great possibility of more injuries. “With the first test just around the corner, we are keeping our fingers crossed, that there will no more injuries.”

The players will report back to camp on Sunday 4th of November, depart for North Wales on the 5th where they will be prepared for their first test against Canada on the 9th at Eirias Park in Wales.

Manu Samoa match schedule, Canada on the 9th of November at Eirias Park, against Wales on the 16th at the Millennium Stadium, and France on Saturday 24th November at Stade de France.


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