Ieremia names first Samoa squad

Date published: May 10 2016

Samoa head coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia has named his squad for the upcoming June test matches against Georgia, Fiji and Tonga.

The test against Georgia will be Manu Samoa’s first hit out for 2016. Ieremia has selected his strongest available squad for the upcoming tests and is pleased to announce the inclusion of U20s players Elia Elia and Dangelo Leuila who were recently successful with the World Rugby U20’s trophy.

Head Coach Ieremia recently travelled to Europe to talk to all of the eligible players. He’s looking forward to the challenges the season will bring, and is excited about the new squad.

“To play Georgia, who are the European Nations Cup Champions in front of our local fans, is a great way to start the international season for Manu Samoa," he said.

"Although Manu Samoa is going through a re-building phase, the immediate focus has to be the qualification for 2019 Rugby World Cup.

"The test matches against Fiji and Tonga are critical to the process of this qualification.

"I’m heartened by the fact that our experienced players are passionate and have come back to represent the Blue Jersey. It is also exciting to introduce the new breed of talent coming through the ranks, both locally and overseas.”

Samoa squad

Forwards: Sakaria Taulafo, James Johnson, Census Johnson, Viliamu Afatia, Jake Grey, Sam Aiono, Nuuuli Lene*, Motu Matu'u, Manu Leiataua, Seilala Lam*, Teofilo Paulo, Faatiga Lemalu, Piula Faasalele, Talaga Alofipo*, Jeff Lepa*, Jack Lam, TJ Ioane, Alafoti, Faosiliva, Faifili Levave, Oneone Faafou, Greg Foe*, Elia Elia*

Backs: Pele Cowley, Auvasa Falealii*, Dwayne Polataivao*, Tusiata Pisi, Michael Stanley, Patrick Faapale, Dangelo Leuila*, Rey Lee-Lo, Winston Stanley, Faialaga Afamasaga, Isaia Petelo*, Malu Falaniko*, Paul Perez, Faatoina Autagavaia, David Lemi, Alofa Alofa, Tim Nanai Williams, Danny Tusitala*

*Indicates non capped players

Players unavailable for seletion due to injury or family reasons are: George Pisi (injury-knee), Johnny Leota (family), Vavae Tuilagi (injury-broken leg), Logovii Mulipola (injury-knee), Ahsee Tuala (inury-hip), Alapati Leiua (injury-knee), Ken Pisi (player fatigue), Ofisa Treviranus (injury-shoulder), Anthony Perenise (family), Wayne Ole Avei (injury-shoulder), Kahn Fotuali'i (family), and Paul Williams (family).