16 Oct 2012

Sport: Six new caps named for Manu Samoa's Northern Tour

12:30 pm on 16 October 2012

Half a dozen new faces have been named in the Manu Samoa rugby

squad to tour Canada, Wales and France next month.

The debutants are Blues Super Rugby lock Filo Paulo, former Kiwis rugby league international Setaimata Sa, Samoa Sevens international Robert Lilomaiava, Hawkes Bay flanker Tivani Foma'i, Agen prop Viliamu Afatia and Auckland halfback Auvasa Falealii.

Head Coach Stephen Betham says the squad will assemble in London at the end of the month before games against Canada on November the 9th, Wales on the 16th and France the following weekend.

World Cup skipper Mahonri Schwalger was again left out of the squad, which still has one name to be added, while former Manu Samoa international Pat Lam is included as an attack coach and mentor.