1 Aug 2012

Sport: Samoa 7s look future

11:00 am on 1 August 2012

It will be a youthful Samoan side that lines up at the Oceania Women's Sevens Championship later this week.

The squad is all locally based and manager Toleafoa Mara Hunter says it's intended that the core of the team will take Samoa through to the Rio

Olympics in 2016.

She says the only downside to their buildup has been a lack of match-play.

"We've needed more hit ups with different teams so we've had to be a little more innovative in how to get our girls prepared but generally we've had our squad training for at least nine months, in preparation for this tournament, so we're looking forward to it."

Samoa's first match is against Papua New Guinea on Friday.