Samoa name squad for North­ern tour

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A45-man wider Manu Samoa squad has been named in prepa­ra­tion for the Novem­ber North­ern Hemi­sphere tour. Samoan head coach Na­mu­lau­ulu Alama Ieremia out­lined the im­por­tance of select­ing the right squad.

“It’s en­cour­ag­ing to see play­ers per­form­ing con­sis­tently for their re­spec­tive clubs in the UK and France,” he said.

“In say­ing that, some long term in­juries plus the un­avail­abil­ity of cer­tain key play­ers has of­fered an op­por­tu­nity to in­crease our depth for Manu Samoa. “We need to build on the mo­men­tum from the June test se­ries- on and off the field. Novem­ber test matches of­fer dif­fer­ent chal­lenges so we need to get the right bal­ance be­tween our up and com­ing youth with ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paign­ers in the North­ern Hemi­sphere. “Fun­da­men­tally, we must con­tinue the mo­men­tum to give us a chance at the World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion se­ries in June 2017. “The fi­nal 32-mem­ber squad will be se­lected af­ter view­ing next week in New Zealand, Aus­tralia, North­ern Hemi­sphere and Samoa A are cur­rently in Uruguay, con­test­ing the in­au­gu­ral World Rugby Amer­ica’s Pa­cific Chal­lenge tour­na­ment”. Manu Samoa play France, Ge­or­gia and Canada in a three test match tour start­ing on Novem­ber 12.

For­wards: Sakaria Taulafo, James John­ston, Cen­sus John­ston, Vil­iamu Afa­tia, Lo­govii Mulipola, An­thony Perenise, Hisa Sasagi, Matt Talaese, Eric Sione, Jake Grey, Nu­u­uli Lene, Elia Elia, Maat­uli­manu Leiataua, Seilala Lam, Wayne Ole, Te­ofilo Paulo, Faatiga Le­malu, Pi­ula Faasalele, Jeff Lepa, Ta­laga Alofipo, Jack Lam, Tala James Ioane, Alafoti Faosiliva, Gen­e­sis Mamea, Gre­gory Foe, Faalemiga Se­le­sele, Oneone Faafou, Backs: Pele Cow­ley, Dwayne Po­lataivao, Danny Tusi­tala, Kahn Fo­tu­alii, Au­vasa Falealili, Tu­si­ata Pisi, Patrick Faa­pale, D’An­gelo Leuila, Reynold Lee-Lo, Win­ston Stan­ley, Paul Wil­liams, Paul Perez, George Pisi, Ken Pisi, David Lemi, Ah­see Tuala, Al­bert Nikoro, Malu Falaniko. Samoa Ob­server

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