Manu finds $1.2m but injuries hit team

BIG BLOW: Kane Thompson is out of the Manu Samoa. [Samoa Observer]

Manu Samoa received  on Saturday a massive financial boost ahead of its match against Canada in North Wales next week.

Prime Minister and Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union (SRU), Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi announced that the Samoa International Finance Authority (SIFA)would provide $400,000 for the team, on top of $200,000 presented by the Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) earlier this week.

The money takes the funds for the Manu Samoa tour to $1.2million.  

Initially, the SRU wanted a million talato meet all the tour costs.


But yesterday’s donation meant that amount has now been surpassed. The money came from SIFA and the TAB, $300,000 from the IRB and $300,000 from the naming sponsor, Digicel.

But that’s where the good news ends.

The bad news is that injuries and unavailability has hit the team’s preparations ahead of its first test next Friday.

Manu Samoa Manager, Namulauulu Sami Leota confirmed four changes.

Among them are:

  • Alafoti Faosiliva called in to replace Kane Thompson who has been ruled out of the tour.
  • James So’oialo replacing Alesana Tuilagi who was injured over the weekend.
  • Johnny Leota called in for Paul Williams who will miss out on the first test against Canada, but will be playing in the second match against Wales and the final test against France.
  • Seilala Mapusua has declared himself unavailable due to personal and family commitments. George Pisi is replacing Mapusua.


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