31 August 2020, Apia Samoa.
Manu Samoa 7’s Coach Muliagatele Brian Lima has named a 45 man training squad following the Vodafone Samoa National 7’s tournament.
Lima has picked a mixture of experience and young talent to make up his 45 man ‘wider squad’ after 4 weeks of the tournament.
Household names like Joe Perez, Melani Matavao and Paul Scanlan are joined by the likes of Samoa U20’s stars Andrew Wulf, Taunu’u Niulevaea and U20’s Captain East Timor Viliamu.
Pacific Games gold Medalist Kelvin Masoe is recalled into the Manu 7’s after being cut by Sir Gordon Tietjens last season.
Of the 45 selected, 34 players have yet to make their HSBC Sevens Series debut.
All “Players of the Day” from each of the four legs of the tournament have been made the cut.
Elisapeta Alofipo of Tamauli, Steve Rimoni of Taula All Stars, Tipa Sapeti of Taula All Stars, and Vaafauese Apelu Maliko of Tepatasi.
The list was sent out in an email from SRU National 7s Tournament Director, Salesa Seiuli this afternoon.
The SRU have invited the Samoa media to a press conference tomorrow morning at 9am.
The announcement to the media also requests all named players to a Team Orientation this Wednesday.
- MANU SAMOA SEVENS WIDER SQUAD – TEAM ORIENTATION
To all named players, please report to the Samoa Rugby Union on:
Date: Wednesday 2nd September 2020
Venue: SRU HP Conference Room – Tuanaimato
Dress Code: Formal: Ie Faitaga and Elei Shirt
Please bring your valid passport or/and birth certificate.