24 May 2014

Sport: Manu Samoa names 47-strong squad

4:38 am on 24 May 2014

Manu Samoa rugby coach Stephen Betham has named an extended 47-man squad for upcoming test matches against Japan, Tonga, Italy and Fiji.

The squad includes 19 players from Europe, 18 from Samoa, with the rest spread between Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Vinnie Wylie reports.

"Extra players have been included because the Japan test on Friday is outside the IRB window meaning professional players are not obliged to be released by their clubs.

Stephen Betham says the upside to that is local players will be given an opportunity to impress at test level.

24 players will travel to Tokyo while the rest of the team will assemble in Auckland on Sunday to prepare for the Pacific Nations Cup opener against Tonga on June the 7th.

Meanwhile Chiefs assistant coach Tom Coventry and Hurricanes assistant Alama Ieremia have been added to the management team to help the Manu prepare for next year's World Cup."

The full squad:

Census Johnston Toulouse, France

James Johnston Saracens, UK

Sakaria Taulafo Stade Français , France

Logovii Mulipola Leicester Tigers, UK

Anthony Perenise Bath Rugby, UK

Aniseko Sio Vaimoso Rugby Club, Samoa

Jake Grey Scopa Rugby Club, Samoa

Sam Aiono Counties Manukau ITM

Raymold Salu Marist Samoa Rugby Club, Samoa

Ropeti Lafo Marist Samoa Rugby Club, Samoa

Andrew Viliamu Marist Samoa Rugby Club, Samoa

Tii Paulo Clermont , France

Wayne Ole Avei Bordeaux, France

Faatiga Lemalu Sanixx Blues Japan

Maselino Paulino Apia Rugby Club, Samoa

Kane Thompson Chiefs, NZ

Teofilo Paulo Cardiff Blues, Wales

Daniel Leo Perpignan, France

Piula Faasalele Casters, France

Levi Asi Faamatala Vailele Rugby Club, Samoa

Faalemiga Selesele Moataa Rugby Club, Samoa

Oneone Faafou Vaiala Rugby Club, Samoa

Misioka Timoteo Vaiala Rugby Club, Samoa

Lio Lolo Apia Rugby Club, Samoa

Maurie Faasavalu Harlequins, UK

Jack Lam Hurricanes, NZ

Ofisa Treviranus London Irish, UK

Faifili Levave Hurricanes, NZ

Kahn Fotualii Northampton Saints, UK

Jeremy Sua Worcester Worriers, UK

Vavao Afemai Vaiala Rugby Club, Samoa

Vaiofoga Simanu Tepatasi Rugby Club, Samoa

Tusiata Pisi Suntory, Japan

Patrick Faapale Vaiala Rugby Club, Samoa

David Lemi Worcester Worriers, UK

Tulolo Tulolo Vaimoso Rugby Club, Samoa

Fautua Otto Bristol UK

Reupena Levasa Vailele Rugby Club, Samoa

Brando Vaaulu Sunnybank Dragons, Australia

Kaino Fuataga Vaiala Rugby Club, Samoa

Meki Magele Marist Samoa Rugby Club, Samoa

Johnny Leota Sale Sharks, UK

Alapati Leiua Hurricanes, NZ

George Pisi Northampton Saints, UK

Anitelea Tuilagi Vaiala Rugby Club, Samoa

James Sooialo Wellington ITM Tawa, NZ

Faatoina Autagavaia Northampton Saints, UK