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Re: Samoa Rugby

Postby rugby.change » Fri, 15 Sep 2017, 13:09

Former Samoan head coach Titimaea Tafua announced as the "new" head coach for Manu Samoa!

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Re: Samoa Rugby

Postby amz » Tue, 24 Oct 2017, 08:07

Samoa announced squad for November tests.

http://misterxv.blogspot.ro/2017/10/sam ... de-la.html

Pretty strong team but there are some big names missing.

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Re: Samoa Rugby

Postby Bogdan_DC » Tue, 24 Oct 2017, 12:10

Young fly half D'Angelo is missing. Any particular reason for that? I think he is great prospect for Samoa.

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Re: Samoa Rugby

Postby Immenso » Tue, 24 Oct 2017, 18:30

Bogdan_DC wrote:Young fly half D'Angelo is missing. Any particular reason for that? I think he is great prospect for Samoa.


Just not picked by the new coach, apparently.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/ ... amoa-squad
The biggest intrigue is at first five with Rohan Saifoloi and AJ Mamoe Alatimu to battle it out for the number ten jersey, after incumbents Tusi Pisi and D'angelo Leuila were overlooked by returning head coach Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua.

The duo represented Australia and Samoa respectively at Under 20 level and earned their call-ups after impressing for the Sydney Rays and Brisbane City in the Australian National Rugby Championship.


Edit, actually no that's wrong. He has an injury:
http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/ ... bankruptcy

He said Saifoloi and Alatimu have been playing at a good level in Australia and were the best options available.

"D'angelo (Leuila) at the moment is carrying an injury - he's not been cleared until the third week of November, I think, so he's not ready," he said.

"And Tusi Pisi we already contacted him and maybe he's not available so that's why we've been busy to spend two weeks to look for a first five, but those are the two that make themselves available for us".

Fuimaono said Tusi Pisi and D'angelo Leuila remain in the selection mix for next year's crucial World Cup qualifying matches, while there are other options within the squad for the upcoming tests against Scotland, Romania and England.

"We've selected Kahn (Fotuali'i) so he might cover the first five as well if (required) - Kahn can play first five too but Rohan is doing well in Australia. He's playing a similar (level) to Mitre 10 Cup in New Zealand".

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Re: Samoa Rugby

Postby AXLstockholm » Tue, 24 Oct 2017, 22:14

Great to see Samoan selectors keeping a close eye on the National Rugby Championship this season. There are countless players in this competition eligible for the Pacific Island nations. Thank you ARU.

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Re: Samoa Rugby

Postby Muzzy » Wed, 25 Oct 2017, 06:56

AXLstockholm wrote:Great to see Samoan selectors keeping a close eye on the National Rugby Championship this season. There are countless players in this competition eligible for the Pacific Island nations. Thank you ARU.


Surprised to see no Ed Fidow there though, he's been on fire in the NRC. Unless he turned it down

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Re: Samoa Rugby

Postby Bruce_ma_goose » Sat, 11 Nov 2017, 18:07

Fantastic improvement by Samoa against Scotland with their new coach. Some optimism for them on the field on this evidence. Not many teams will score 38 points at Murrayfield and it was pretty much a first choice Scottish lineup.

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Re: Samoa Rugby

Postby RugbyPUBtbilisi » Sat, 11 Nov 2017, 18:39

Wow impressive performance from Manu Samoa. Havent watched the match yet but i will watch it for sure.

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