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Tietjens names Samoan squad for 1st leg of HSBC World Rugby 7s series
By Dhanjay Deo
Sunday 01/12/2019
Sir Gordon Tietjens has named his squad for the first two legs of the HSBC World Rugby 7s 2019-2020 series. [Photo:NYTimes]

Sir Gordon Tietjens has named his Samoan squad for the first leg of the HSBC World Rugby 7s series.

Entering the final year of his 4-year contract with the Manu Samoa 7s, Tietjens is looking to improve on last year’s 56% win record.

The squad is essentially the same team that participated in the recent Olympic Qualifier in Suva.

Players such as Joe Perez, Belgium Tuatagaloa and Johnny Vaili have been named in the Samoan team.

Samoa is pooled with Canada, New Zealand and Wales for the Dubai 7’s.

Meanwhile, Fiji’s first pool match is against Japan at 4.02am on  Friday, Fiji will then take on Argentina at 10.04pm the same night and they will face France in their last match at 4.02am on Saturday.

The quarterfinals will be held at 8.14pm Saturday, the semifinals will be at 12am Sunday while the final will be at 4.02am Sunday.

Samoa 7s Squad for HSBC Series 2019/2020 Dubai-Capetown legs:

1. Alamanda Motuga

2. Tomasi Alosio

3. Losi Filipo

4. Belgium Tuatagaloa

5. Tofatuimoana Solia

6. Kerisimasi Savaiinaea

7. Joe Perez

8. Elisapeta Alofipo

9. Johnny Vaili

10. Paul Scanlan

11. Philip Luki

12. Laaloi Leilua

13. Tuna Tuitama

* 14. Paulo Toilolo replaced by Kelvin Masoe whose visa came through.

[Source:SamoaGlobalnews]

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