AWAJI, SEPTEMBER 26, 2019. Following an injury to Manu Samoa No.8 Afaesetiti Amosa in the opening game against Russia, Samoa Sevens forward Alamanda Motuga has been drafted back into the Rugby World Cup squad as injury cover.
Manu Samoa coach Vaeluaga Steve Jackson has confirmed that Alamanda Motuga has been called into the team’s Rugby World Cup squad to replace Number 8 Afaesetiti Amosa who suffered a tournament ending knee injury during Samoa’s 34-9 victory over Russia on Tuesday night.
The 25 year old is an integral part of the Samoa 7’s set up and has played in the World Rugby International Sevens Series for Samoa since 2016.
He has scored 55 tries from 161 matches for Samoa Sevens while his single Test appearance for the Manu Samoa 15s was against Tonga during the recent Pacific Nations Cup in July 2019.
“Alamanda was part of our group for the Tonga test in the Pacific Nations Cup, so he understands our game and our team environment. Even though he’s a genuine number seven – he is also very versatile and can cover multiple positions. He’s a very fit and hardworking player who deserves the opportunity,” said Vaeluagaomatagi.
The Manuwera Club loos forward is expected to arrive into Japan on Friday.