A lack of available slots in managed quarantine has ended Samoa’s hopes of selecting two former New Zealand internationals for their national sevens team.

The Manu Samoa and Manusina Sevens teams have selected entirely homegrown squads to compete in the final Olympic Sevens Qualification Tournament in Monaco later this month.

One former All Black and a former New Zealand Sevens star had been poised to switch their international allegiance to Samoa in two weeks.

But Lakapi Samoa’s General Manager of High Performance, Seumanu Douglas Ngau Chun, said the players were unable to secure slots in New Zealand’s managed

quarantine facilities after the tournament, so will instead have to return home early.

“The issue with the quarantine sites in New Zealand is one of the reasons why they weren’t able to compete because they need MIQ sites on their return, but unfortunately we can’t secure that for them,” he said.

“Hence why we’ve focused on a full local squad, and we maintain our priority of making sure that we qualify for the Olympics.”



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