Otago back-row TJ Ioane is one of eight uncapped players named in Samoa’s 31-man squad for next month’s tour to Europe.
Otago and Highlanders back-row TJ Ioane is one of eight uncapped players named in Samoa’s 31-man squad for next month’s tour to Europe.
Ioane – a former New Zealand schools representative – is joined by Counties Manukau trio Ahsee Tuala (full-back), Michael Stanley (fly-half) and Rey Lee-Lo (centre), Wellington’s Jack Taulapapa (scrum-half), La Rochelle’s Alofa Alofa (wing), Auckland’s Pete Cowley (scrum-half) and Treviso’s Albert Anae (prop) as the new members in the squad.
Lee-Lo, Alofa and Anae have played at Super Rugby level for the Crusaders, Waratahs and Reds respectively.
Tuala will feature at full-back for Samoa despite being Counties’ first-choice fly-half this season.
Samoa kick off their tour with a Test against Italy in Ascoli Piceno on November 8, before facing Canada in Vannes, France six days later.
They conclude their tour against England at Twickenham on November 22.
Forwards: Sakaria Taulafo (Stade Fran