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Mauger To Assist Samoan Coach

  Former Leicester Tigers coach Aaron Mauger is the new assistant coach of the Samoa rugby team. The former All Blacks and Crusaders inside centre recently signed up as the
30 May 2017 12:53
Mauger To Assist Samoan Coach
during the round four Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Stormers at AMI Stadium on March 8, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

 

Former Leicester Tigers coach Aaron Mauger is the new assistant coach of the Samoa rugby team.

The former All Blacks and Crusaders inside centre recently signed up as the Highlanders assistant coach from 2018.

When contacted yesterday Vodafone Flying Fijians coach, John McKee declined to make a comment on the appointment.

The Flying Fijians take on Samoa in Apia on July 15 in the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifier.

“I’m very humbled and excited about this opportunity,” Mauger said.

“Manu Samoa Rugby has always had a strong place in my heart due to family bloodlines and I have always been a close follower and proud supporter of the team over the years.

“I feel very privileged to be able to join the team and help them through a very important period in Samoa Rugby. This team is a great fit for me and the timing is good.

“The opportunity to work alongside some good people in a team that has a rich culture and strong connections with its people appeals to me immensely.”

The Samoa Rugby Union has named their squad for the June and July international yesterday.

Head coach Alama Ieremia said the squad represented a solid mix of experience, new and upcoming talent.

“We are delighted with the squad we have named. We have some very experienced players in the squad, but we have also ensured we have injected some new energy into this playing group.

“Samoa Rugby has been going through a period of healthy change, and we believe we’ve picked a solid squad for the upcoming season.

“We kick-off our campaign as we did two years ago, with the opportunity of a lifetime to play against the All Blacks.

“Then we play Wales in Apia plus our World Cup qualification test matches against our brothers from Tonga and Fiji”

Ieremaia said they have a huge international season ahead of them and like other Pacific nations they have to manage the fact that their talent comes from all around the world.

“Unfortunately some talented players were not available this season because of injury, but it has also given us the opportunity to blood in new talent,” he said.

Forwards- Census Johnston, Paul Alo-Emile, Viliamu Afatia, Nephi Leatigaga, Hisa Sasagi, Bronson Fotualii-Tauakipulu, Maatulimanu Leiataua, Elia Elia, Seilala Lam, Faatiga Lemalu, Chris Vui, Masalosalo Tutaia, Taiasina Tuifua, Piula Faasalele, Jack Lam, Alafoti Faosiliva,  Faalemiga Selesele, Faifili Levave, Vavae Tuilagi, Kelly Meafua. Backs- Kahn Fotualii, Auvasa Faleali’i, Dwayne Polataivao, Tusiata Pisi, D’Angelo Leuila, Reynold Lee Lo,  Kieron Fonotia, Alapati Leiua, Henry Taefu, Tila Mealoi, David Lemi, Albert Nikoro, Tim Nanai Williams, Ahsee Tuala, Ken Pisi

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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