Tuesday, 10 July 2007
Manu Samoa Sevens squad for Pacific Games
The Fijians are still mourning the loss of their player/coach,the King of Sevens, Waisale Serevi following his resignation. Also the loss of the main players like William Ryder (Contract to Japan), Etonia Naba, Lepani Nabuliwaqa (Suspension).While arch rivals in IRB Circut, Samoa mean business for the South Pacific Games when they announce there training squad for the games. A lot of promising games that appeared in the squad. The normal line-up of Simaika Mikaele, Apelu Faaiuga, Uale Mai, Mikaele Pesamino, Morgan Salesa, Alatasi Tupou, Timoteo Iosua are included in the team. Also in return to the squad are former Samoan sevens representative like Roger Warren and Alapasa Cordtz. Overall the Samoan squad consist of Samoa's best to represent the host for the Pacific Games.
Fiji is the defending gold medalist of the Pacific Games. Samoa managed to win a brownze in the last games which hoisted by Fiji. The Samoan where upset by minnows Cook Islands in the semi final.
Samoa and Fiji was one of the most consistent teams in the 2006/2007 IRB Sevens Circut. The Samoans win in Welligton, Hong Kong while the Fijians managed to take LA and Adelaide tournaments. Both Samoa and Fiji reach London and Scotland finals but fail to win against New Zealand who later clinch the title away from heavy favourites Fiji.
Samoa Sevens Squad for South Pacific Games 2007
Emile Morgan Salesa
This squad will be training in Samoa and in few weeks time the squad will be cut down to the final 12 that will represent Samoa in Pacific Games.