Samoa head coach recalled for Samoa World Cup Sevens duties

Manu Samoa’s most successful coach in 15s and Sevens, Stephen Betham, has been drafted in to lead the Samoa Sevens team preparations for the World Cup in Moscow next month.

Betham is the only Samoan Sevens coach to have won the IRB World Series in 2010 and the decision to recall the former sevens coach was made during an urgent meeting of the rugby union last Thursday.

The chairman of the Samoa rugby union and Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said Betham has time for the sevens team only for the world cup before he returns to Manu duties ahead of their tour of South Africa.

Samoa were beaten in the bowl quarter finals in the final round of the Sevens World Series in London last weekend. It finished fourth overall, but its performance had been shaky qualifying for the Cup semi finals in the last three legs.

Meanwhile, the future of the sevens Coach, Faamaoni Lalomilo’s is uncertain.


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