24 Jun 2015

Sport: Samoa's interim 7's coach hoping to push case for permanent role

11:34 am on 24 June 2015

Samoa's interim rugby sevens coach is hoping to push his case for a permanent role with the team.

Fata'ali'i Milovale Moke will coach the Manu at next month's Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea, after Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua's contract was not renewed following a tenth placed finish on the recent World Series.

Fata'ali'i is also one of 29 names to have applied for the role full-time and says a strong performance in PNG can boost his chances.

"This would be another good chance to show the Samoa Rugby Union that I have raised my hand for the position as the permanent coach. Right now there is so many big names in the application list and it is up to the union to make a decision as to who is going to take over the Manu Samoa sevens team.

Among the other applicants for the jobs are former Fijian sevens great Waisale Serevi, former Manu Samoa international Muliagatele Brian Lima and 2010 World Series winning playmaker Uale Ma'i.

The Samoan sevens team during the Wellington parade.

The Samoan sevens team during the Wellington parade. Photo: RNZ / Michael Allan