Samoa name strong squad to tour SA,,,
May 07, 2013, 17:18:38
Rugby | Springboks
Samoa name strong squad to tour SA
Manu Samoa have named a very strong squad – comprising just two locally based players – for their tour of South Africa next month.
Boasting a range of players who are active in English, French and Japanese leagues, as well as in Vodacom Super Rugby, coach Stephen Betham will bring probably the strongest squad ever assembled outside a World Cup to these shores for the four nation tournament involving the Springboks, Italy and Scotland.
Buoyed by the IRB’s help in securing their overseas-based players for the tour, the Samoans have loaded their squad with players based abroad and will give the first glimpse of the side they intend to take to the World Cup in England.
While old hands such as Alesana Tuilagi, Cencus Johnson and former Blues fullback Paul Williams are all there, the squad also boasts the Pisi brothers – George and Tui – with George now with Northampton while Tui is in South Africa at the moment with the Hurricanes squad.
Other Super Rugby players named to tour include Canes flanker Jack Lam, hooker Manu Leiataua and Canes winger Alapati Leiua while lock Kane Thompson, who now plays for the Canon Eagles in Japan, is also no stranger to local television screens.
The British based contingent includes Leceister Tigers porp Logovii Mulipola, Newcastle’s Taiasina Tuifua and Sale’s Johnny Leota while Sevens circuit regulars Alafoti Faosiliva and Ofisa Trevir[removed] also make the grade.
Hooker Tii Paulo (Clermont), lock Daniel Leo (Perpignan) and former Crusaders halfback Kahn Fotualii will also be no strangers to South African shores.
In announcing the team Samoa Rugby Union chairman, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, said two players will be added to the squad later. They will be a loose forward and a winger. A captain has yet to be finalised as well.
There has been some speculation that last year’s captain David Lemi may be the winger added to the squad when concerns over his availability have been cleared up.
The Samoans will play both Italy and Scotland in curtain-raisers to Springbok tests in June, and depending on how they do, may well face the Springboks in the third and final week of the mini tournament.
They will also kick off their tour with a friendly match against the Lions at Ellis Park.
Samoan squad to tour South Africa
Hookers: Tii Paulo – ASM Clermont France Wayne Ole Avei – Bordeaux Beagles
Manu Leiataua – North Harbor NZ
Props : Cencus Johnston – Tolouse France
Logovii Mulipola – Leicester Tigers UK
Sakaria Taulafo – London Wasp UK
James Johnston – Harlequins UK
Locks: Kane Thompson – Canon Eagles, Japan Iosefa Tekori – Casters Olympic, France
Daniel Leo – Perpignan, France
Teofilo Paulo – Cardiff Blues, Wales
Loose Forwards :
Taiasina Tuifua – Newcastle Falcons UK
Alafoti Faosiliva – Bristol Rugby Club
Ofisa Trevir[removed] – London Irish, UK
Jack Lam – Hurricanes, NZ
Maurie Faasavalu – Harlequins UK
Faalemiga Selesele – Moata’a, Samoa ** (one to be added) **
Halfback: Kahn Fotualii – Ospreys Wales
Jeremy Sua – Canterbury Crusaders UK
Auvasa Falealii – Thas Newcastle Australia
First Fives: Tusiata Pisi – Wellington Hurricanes Ki Anufe – Marist Auckland
Midfields: George Pisi – Northampton Saints UK
Johnny Leota – Sale Sharks UK
Isaia Tuifua – Vigo Rugby Club, Spain
Brandon Vaaulu – Tokyo Gas, Japan
Wings: Alesana Tuilagi – NTT Shining Arcs Japan
Alapati Leiua – Hurricanes NZ
Robert Lilomaiava – Vaiala Rugby Club Samoa **(one more to be added)**
Fullbacks. Paul Williams – Stade Francais, France James Sooialo – Wellington Norths, NZ
1. Head Coach – Stephen Betham
2. Team Manager – Namulauulu Sami Leota
3. Assistant Coach Backs – Darryl Suasua
4. Assistant Coach Forwards – Gregory Smith
5. Scrum Coach – Michael Casey
6. Video [removed]yst – Junior Narayan
7. Strength & Conditioning Coach – Michael Deasy
8. Logistics Officer – Uitiriai Kapeteni
9. Team Doctor – Dr Navy Collins
10. Physiotherapist 1 – Jodie McCarthy
11. Physiotherapist 2 – Sue Pescud
12. Set Piece Skills Coach – TBC
13. Development Coach - TBC