Alatasi Tupou has been recalled to the Samoa sevens squad for the upcoming World Cup in San Francisco after completing his suspension for drink driving.

The 30 year old was discharged without conviction last month after pleading guilty to driving under the influence and without a licence.

Tupou was stood down for the final two World Series tournaments and, alongside La’aloi Leilua and Murphy Paulo, will make his first appearance for the Manu 7s since April.

10 of the 14-man World Cup squad have been retained from the London and Paris legs, while Gordon Langkilde has is set to make his first appearance since before the Commonwealth Games, after overcoming injury concerns.

Head coach Sir Gordon Tietjens said the selection process has been tough.

“The boys had been subjected to a lot of intense training and I am proud of how they have all handled it,” he said.

“Unfortunately, we cannot pick all of them. We cannot also promise anything but rest assured that we will give it our all come game day.”

Former captain Tila Mealoi, Lafaele Va’a, Elisapeta Alofipo, Samoa Toloa and Darren Kellet-Moore were not considered for selection because of injury.

Samoa open their World Cup campaign next week against Uganda in the Championship Cup Qualifying Round.

Manu Samoa Sevens squad:

Alamanda Motuga, Gordon Langkilde, David Afamasaga, Tofatuimoana Solia, Va’afauese Apelu Maliko, Alatasi Tupou, Tomasi Alosio, Neria Fomai, La’aloi Leilua, Malu Falaniko, Joe Perez, Murphy Paulo, Belgium Tuatagaloa, Jonathan Timo Ah Sui.

-RNZ

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