The Manu Samoa management have confirmed that No8 Afaesetiti Amosa has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup due to a knee injury sustained during last nights 34-9 win over Russia.
The hard-hitting strong ball carrying loose forward was going across for Samoa’s second try early in the second half of the game when a tackle around the neck caused him to fall awkwardly onto his right knee.
Manu Samoa coach Vaeluaga Steve Jackson has expressed his sympathy for Afaesetiti Amosa as the hard running Number 8 prepares for an unfortunate early departure from his first RWC campaign.
“Afa has been an outstanding member of this team and we will miss him as he is a great man. We are absolutely gutted for him. He is upbeat – but we just need to do what’s best for Afa.
Assistant Coach Tuifa’asisina Alastair Rogers echoed Vaeluagaomatagi’s sentiments.
”We are just so disappointed for Afa – because he put a lot of effort into the Rugby World Cup. He put a lot of work into his performances and he was playing really well. “
The coaching group is onsidering its options and have not yet announced who would be called up to replace Amosa for the rest of the Manu Samoa Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign.
Other injuries to consider are the two head injuries sustained by hooker Motu Matuu and halfback Dwayne Polataivao.