Coach Sir Gordon Tietjens has named his Samoa 7s Squad for the opening legs of the 2019-2020 World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai and Cape Town next month, following the last minute withdrawal of Laaloi Leilua, who had to fly back to Samoa due to a family emergency.
Samoa’s 100 metre sprint star and Pacific Games long jump gold medalist- Kelvin Masoe now makes the cut into the Samoa 7s squad to fill in Leilua’s position.
The Manu Samoa 7s squad have been affected by the measles outbreak with Laaloi Leilua having to return to Samoa to be with his 4 week old baby girl who has contracted the measles virus.
Sir Gordon Tietjens has announced the squad changes on the Manu Samoa 7s Facebook Page last night.
“Laaloi has had to go back and deal with some urgent matters in Samoa.” – Sir Gordon Tietjens
The Manu Samoa 7s squad had just arrived in Dubai when Leilua received the sad news that his daughter had been admitted to Isolation 2 at Motootua National Hospital.
Sir Gordon Tietjens says that the team are feeling for Laaloi at the moment.
Leilua, who has managed to work himself back into Sir Gordon Tietjen’s squad after being absent for several tournaments says the Samoa Rugby Union, coach and team mates have been very supportive about him having to return to Samoa yesterday.As an integral part of the Samoa Sevens squad for the HSBC World Series over the past 3 years, his departure will be felt by the squad.
Paul Toilolo who had taken a humble cut to make way for Kelvin Masoe is now back on the squad and will arrive in Dubai in the next 24 hours.
Manu Samoa 7s Squad
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. Kelvin Masoe
14. Tuna Tuitama