Manu Samoa team named

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7 June 218 - Manu Samoa head coach Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua has named his side for their first outing of the Pacific Nations Cup in the weekend against the reigning champions from last year the Flying Fijians at ANZ Stadium – Suva.


The side features three debutants in the likes of Harlequins formidable number 8 Mat Luamanu, former Manu Samoa 7s speedster Ed Fidow who now plays with the Bordeaux club in France on the right wing and former Brumbies fly half now a Western Force convert Rodney Iona who will make his debut off the bench.


The Manu Samoa captain Chris Vui was very positive about their preparations despite the short amount of time the team has to assemble.


“For the short amount of time, the boys have been working really hard to form combinations and set new structures for the gameplan against Fiji. Difficult with the short get together but everyone is doing their part to be there best come game day.”

“They have a dangerous pack but we're up for the challenge. The gameplan is really simple due to the time together, but we have a big defensive mindset to stop the Fijians offloading and stopping them early before they get their heads up and momentum with the ball.” Chris Vui.


Mat Luamanu who is one of the 3 debutants this coming Saturday is very humble with the opportunity to play for the Manu.


“Honoured to represent my country. It has been a dream to play for the Manu and so thankful for the opportunity. Obviously as Samoan born in NZ wanting to play for my family and country. I will give it my 120% for us all.” Mat Luamanu – Manu Samoa No. 8.


Click here for the Manu Samoa squad to play the Flying Fijians.