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Manu Samoa selects on the availability of players

Manu Samoa Head Coach, Stephen Betham says the selection of the Manu Samoa team is based on the availability of the players.


Coach Stephen Betham responded following news on that All Blacks Coach Steve Hansen has indicated considering Alapati Leiua who was named in the Manu Samoa squad, as a possible inclusion in All Blacks training camps later this month.


“We selected the players on the basis of their availability and if any other nation showed their interest to the players then it becomes the player’s decision.” says Stephen Betham.


Manu Samoa squad was named and announced early this week, with Leiua on the wings.


Meanwhile Manu Samoa Management is awaiting confirmation from one of the players on his availability to join the team.  Skipper David Lemi is currently under rehabilitation for 8-12 weeks due to injury and will have to find a replacement that will not be necessarily a wing.




Hookers:            Tii Paulo – ASM Clermont France

                        Wayne Ole Avei – Bordeaux Beagles

                        Manu Leiataua – North Harbor NZ


Props :                        Cencus Johnston – Tolouse France

                        Logovii Mulipola – Leicester Tigers UK

                        Sakaria Taulafo – London Wasp 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: Taiasina Tuifua – Newcastle Falcons UK

                           Alafoti Faosiliva – Bristol Rugby Club

                           Ofisa Treviranus – London Irish, UK

                           Jack Lam – Hurricanes, NZ

                           Maurie Faasavalu – Harlequins UK

                                Faalemiga Selesele – Moata’a, Samoa

                                ** (one to be added) **


Halfback:            Kahn Fotualii – Ospreys Wales

                        Jeremy Sua – Canterbury Crusaders UK

                        Auvasa Falealii – Thas Newcastle Australia


First Fives:            Tusiata Pisi – Wellington Hurricanes

                        Ki Anufe – Marist Auckland


Midfields:             George Pisi – Northampton Saints UK

                        Johnny Leota – Sale Sharks UK

                        Isaia Tuifua – Vigo Rugby Club, Spain

                        Brandon Vaaulu – Tokyo Gas, Japan


Wings:                        Alesana Tuilagi – NTT Shining Arcs Japan

                        Alapati Leiua – Hurricanes NZ

                        Robert Lilomaiava – Vaiala Rugby Club Samoa

                        **(one more to be added)**


Fullbacks.            Paul Williams – Stade Francais, France

                        James Sooialo – Wellington Norths, NZ



Management Team:


1.     Head Coach – Stephen Betham

2.     Team Manager – Namulauulu Sami Leota

3.     Assistant Coach Backs – Darryl Suasua

4.     Assistant Coach  Forwards – Gregory Smith

5.     Scrum Coach – Michael Casey

6.     Video Analyst – Junior Narayan

7.     Strength & Conditioning Coach – Michael Deasy

8.     Logistics Officer – Uitiriai Kapeteni

9.     Team Doctor – Dr Navy Collins

10.  Physiotherapist  1 – Jodie McCarthy

11.  Physiotherapist 2 – Sue Pescud

12.  Set Piece Skills Coach – TBC

13.  Development Coach - TBC



Tour Schedule:




19-24 May

Management  Technical  Planning Session

Auckland  NZ

24th  May

Travel to South Africa

Auckland Airport

27 -31st May

Team Camp

South Africa

1st June

Samoa vs Currie Lions

Ellis Park

8th  June

Samoa vs Scotland

Mr Prince Kings Park Durban

15th June

Samoa vs Italy

Mbombela Nelspruit

22nd  June

Finals (1st vs 2nd ) & (3rd vs 4th )

Loftus Versfield Pretoria

23rd June

Players & Management Disperse

South Africa Johannesburg

25th June

Arrive in Samoa

Faleolo Airport