Samoa A Are Here
The Samoa A rugby side arrived yesterday for the World Rugby Pacific Challenge which starts on Tuesday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.
And they wasted no time as they headed into their first gym session at the National Fitness Centre in Suva.
They are shaping up under the guidance of new Manu Samoa head coach Alama Ieremia.
The former All Blacks centre said some of the players are injured and they need to do a medical assessment before announcing their team to play the Telecom Fijian Warriors on Tuesday at 6pm.
“There are few minor injuries so we want to see how our players have recovered before we announce our 30 players,” Ieremia said.
Samoa A head coach Potu Leavasa strongly believes their first game against the Warriors side would be a cracker.
“We have four key overseas based players while the rest are local boys,” Leavasa said.
“We know it will be a hard game against Fiji.
“We respect Fiji and we look at Fiji as champions and a very good side and the boys know right preparation is important.”
Now that only four teams would take part in the competition, Leavasa believes it would be an exciting encounters for the island teams and Japan A.
“Last year we also had Canada A and defending champion Argentina Pampas in the competition but this year it’s just only four teams which would make the competition exciting.
“The three Pacific teams will involve the local boys to expose their talents and enjoy the game.
“Some of our local boys are happy to be in Fiji as this the first time for them to come out of Samoa.”
Former national rep Semo Sititii is also a member of the coaching staff.
Day one of competition sees Japan A plays Tonga A at 3.30pm and the Telecom Fijian Warriors meet Samoa A at 6pm.
Edited by Osea Bola