Manu Samoa Comes into LA Sevens 2022 Ranked Fourth

By Staff Reporter   |   27 August 2022

Photo Credit: World Rugby

Head coach of the Manu Sāmoa Sevens team, Afioga Muliʻagatele Brian Lima, has announced the squad for the LA team this week.

Melani Matavao (Fasitoʻo Uta, Lauliʻi, Saʻaga, Siʻumu) of Marist St. Joseph’s (Sāmoa) captains the squad of mostly young players. 

The final leg of the 2022 Sevens series this year is being held at Dignity Health Stadium Park in Los Angeles, California and Samoa comes in tenth place in the HSBC World Series rankings.

Sāmoa comes in the Los Angeles Sevens ranked fourth and is grouped in Pool C. The Manu ranks first among England, Scotland, and Kenya is scheduled to play against Kenya first during Match 4 (10:26AM LA time), Scotland during Match 12 (1:32PM), and England (4:43PM) during Match 20 (4:43PM).

The Manu's impressive standing comes in after competing in only four of the legs this year. 

 

Squad named by Head Coach Muliʻagatele Brian Lima

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SUAFA (Name)

KALAPU (Club)

AFIOʻAGA (Villages)

1.      

Melani Matavao

Marist St. Joseph’s, Sāmoa

Fasitoʻo Uta, Lauliʻi, Saʻaga, Siʻumu

2.      

Vaʻafauʻese ʻApelu Maliko

Tepatasi, Sāmoa

Lotopue, Lufilufi, Lauliʻi, Fusi, Sāoluafata

3.      

Vaovasa ʻAfa Suʻa

Tama Uli, Sālelologa, Sāmoa

Sālelavalu, Sālelologa & Faʻalā, Palauli

4.      

Faʻafoʻi Falaniko

Tepatasi, Sāmoa

Lotopue, Salelesi & Sāmusu

5.      

Neueli Leitufia

Lauliʻi, Sāmoa

Lauliʻi, Faleasiʻu, Sāpapāliʻi

6.      

Motu Opetai

Siumu, Sāmoa

Siumu, Leʻauvaʻa, Vaimoso

7.      

Owen Niuē

Tama Uli, Sālelologa, Sāmoa

Taga, Gātaivai, Siʻufaga, Sāpapāliʻi

8.      

Paul Scanlan

Moataʻa, Sāmoa

Moataʻa, Sātuimalufilufi

9.      

Steve ʻOnosaʻi

Vāiala, Sāmoa

Vāiala, Falelima

10.   

Uaina Sione

Tama Uli, Sālelologa, Sāmoa

Faʻalā Palauli, Sāpapāliʻi, Sālelologa, Sāleʻimoa

11.   

Levi Milford

Waverly College, Sydney, Australia

Lotofaga, Falelātai

12.   

Taunuʻu, Niulevaea

Sāfotu, Sāmoa

Fasitoʻotai, Vailuʻutai

13.   

Malo Luteru

Vāiala, Sāmoa

Vailele, Uafatō Fagaloa, Lauliʻi, Vaipua, Vāiala