“Thank You BSP for Supporting Local Rugby Talent”

The BSP Laumua o Tumua squad to Marist Pago International 7s comprised of 4 players Under 20.

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The Laumua o Tumua Afega Rugby Club Inc who secured the bronze medal at the recent Marist Pago International 7s Tournament, have shown their appreciation to Bank South Pacific for supporting their participation to American Samoa.

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Pacific Games gold medalist and founder of the Club, Hugo Fata Kelepi, said the club’s vision is to develop young players to use their God-given talent in rugby.

“There are four players in our squad who are all Under 20 and another four of them who are between 21 and 24.. and that is the main reason the Club strives to participate at International 7s tournaments throughout the year. Because it provides a platform for young players to develop their talents and be exposed to high level competition.”

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Lavanta Stowers, Tulasili Faatasi, Warren Solomona and Marx Fata are all under 20 years of age. They were all in the BSP Laumua o Tumua starting 13 line-up at the Marist Pago 7s.

Other team members included Jovi Magalogo (22) Liu Manu (24) Sam Taulapapa (22) and Manu Samoa 7s International Owen Niue (24).

Veteran Ueta Avaotuna captained the side, joined by Johnny Samuelu, Pao Lauama, Murphy Paulo and Hugo Fata.

The tournament organizers, Marist Pago, named a Dream Team at the end of the two-day comp, and two BSP Laumua o Tumua forwards were selected.

Malijanjove “Jovi” Magalogo, 22 years old from Malie and Afega, and 19 year old Lavanta Stowers from Malaela and Afega, were both named in the Dream Team.

The side also had two players coming off the Manuma campaign – Owen Niue and Sam Taulapapa.

BSP Laumua o Tumua Club President, Tafaiotagaloa Leaso Gale expressed heartfelt appreciation on behalf of the management and players.
“We would not have been able to take the team across to American Samoa without the support of BSP,” said Tafaiotagaloa Leaso.
“We are very grateful for the support by way of $10,000 tala plus travel uniforms for our team.. This helped us with the cost of travel, accommodation, transport and especially player needs like strapping, game-day meals, water and ice.”
“Faamanuia tele Le Atua i le mamalu o le Pulega faapea le aufaigaluega atoa. Faatutumu e Le Atua mea ua faagaogaoina ona o matou.”
Bank South Pacific Samoa Country Head Tunumafono Jennifer Ula-Fruean said the support to the local rugby 7s team is well aligned with BSP’s focus on community development, especially the advancement of Samoa’s youth.
“The pathway for our youth to advance their careers in sports has been set by the National Rugby 7s Head Coach who has opted to select local players. So when Laumua o Tumua approached us saying they had a team of young players with great potential, it made sense to offer our support.”
Tulasili Faatasi, Warren Solomona, Lavanta Stowers and Marx Fata are all Under 20 years old.

“It is wonderful to have tangible results such as players being selected in the Dream Team, and being called into the Under 20s national side,” added the BSP County Head. “That makes our investment in Laumua o Tumua a successful partnership.”

BSP Laumua o Tumua won their pool and edged out a strong Marist Hawaii side in the quarter finals.

In the semifinals Laumua o Tumua were leading 14-7 at halftime but let themselves down in the second half, losing to Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club by 24-14.

Having beaten Tepatasi from Aleipata in the pool games, BSP Laumua o Tumua faced Tepatasi again for the 3rd place final to win bronze.

The team travelled to American Samoa on the Lady Samoa and returned in the weekend on Saturday morning.

The whole team visited the BSP Bank on Tuesday afternoon to say thank you in person to the BSP Management and Staff.