Manu Samoa

Motuga to replace Manu Samoa’s injured No.8

 Coach Steve Jackson has confirmed this after Amosa sustained a tournament-ending knee injury during Samoa’s 34-9 victory over Russia on Tuesday.  

"Alamanda was part of our group for the Tonga test in the Pacific Nations Cup, so he understands our game and our team environment. Even though he is a genuine number seven – he is also very versatile and can cover multiple positions. He’s a very fit and hardworking player who deserves the opportunity," Jackson said.

Motuga played for the Manurewa club in New Zealand.

Samoa's Lee-Lo suspended for three games

Lee-Lo was yellow carded for the incident in the 28th minute, when his shoulder made direct contact with the head of Russian captain Vasily Artemyev.

After the match he was cited along with hooker Motu Matu'u.

Referee Romain Poite and Television Match Official Graham Hughes erred on the side of caution after deciding Artemyev had "dipped" his head going into the tackle.

An independent judicial committee ruled last night that while the fullback did alter his height it was not enough to justify reducing the punishment from a red card.

Samoa's Amosa out of the Rugby World Cup

Amosa was injured in a high tackle while scoring a try in Samoa's 34-9 victory over Russia.

Manu Samoa coach Steve Jackson has expressed his sympathy for the hard-running number eight.

Jackson said he has been an outstanding member of the team and he will be missed.

"We are absolutely gutted for him. He is upbeat - but we just need to do what's best for Afa."

Amosa injured his right knee in the act of scoring, just after halftime, in Manu Samoa's 34-9 victory over Russia on Tuesday night.

Samoa beat Russia in Rugby World Cup opener

The Pacific islanders did themselves no favours in a scrappy game that rarely rose to the levels of excitement generated by the noisy crowd at the boutique-sized ground, with Rey Lee-Lo and Motu Matu'u both shown yellow cards for high tackles.

The pair narrowly escaped being sent off by Romain Poite after television match official Graham Hughes recommended only a yellow card because Russia captain Vasily Artemyev had ducked his head into each tackle.

Samoan support alive and well in Japan

Josie Tada, from Samoa, has been living in Japan for the past 26 years and is set to be in the crowd at Kumagaya to watch the must-win clash.

It will be the first time the countries have played against each other.

"My husband is Japanese. He was a Japanese volunteer in Samoa when we met each other, and we got married then came to live in Japan," she said.

The mix of two different cultures took some getting used to, she said.

Samoa coach says team can create legacy

The Pacific Islanders begin their campaign on Tuesday and assuming they avoid an upset against Russia, they must get past hosts Japan and eighth-ranked Scotland to progress through Pool A, likely alongside overwhelming favourites Ireland.

Japan looked vulnerable in their opening victory over the surprisingly stubborn Russians and Scotland were disappointing in their 27-3 battering by Ireland on Sunday, potentially putting the Samoans right in the mix.

Vui will lead Samoa into battle against Russia

Chris Vui will be the match-day captain in place of Jack Lam, who is injured and unavailable for selection. Vui’s selection at blindside flanker also boosts Samoa’s options at the lineout.

Ten of the starting XV in Samoa's last game - a 34-15 loss against Australia - return to start against Russia. Logovii Mulipola, Motu Matuu, Dwayne Polataivao, Ah See Tuala, as well as captain Vui come in.

The side also features eight players who will make their Rugby World Cup debuts.

American Samoa senator questions Manu Samoa donation

Fonoti Tafa'ifa Aufata raised the issue during yesterday's budget committee hearings for special programs administrated by the governor for the new fiscal year 2020.

Fonoti said she was trying to locate the $US100,000 the governor gave to the rugby team from Samoa.

The governor's chief of staff, Fiu Johnny Saelua, responded by saying it came from money allocated under the Governor's Contingency Fund and said it was up to the governor how this money was spent.

Manu Samoa wary of Russian revolution

The Manu started 2019 with victory over Tonga in Apia but suffered narrow defeats by the USA and Fiji before pushing the Wallabies all the way in Parramatta, 34-15.

Samoa have not reached the quarter finals of the global tournament since 1995 and face a tough ask to advance from Pool A with Ireland, Scotland and hosts Japan all ranked inside the world's top 10. The Manu are 16th.

That makes Tuesday's opening game against Russia in Kumagaya an absolute must-win.

Samoa cover tattoos at Rugby World Cup as sign of respect for Japan

But the cover up will only go so far, it has been revealed.

The Samoan players will wear skin suits after the team consulted a Japanese cultural expert.

Captain Jack Lam said: “We had someone coming in and giving us a heads-up about what we could expect in Japan.

“There’s a lot of similarities in our cultures but when it comes to the tattoos we have obviously got a lot of tattoos, it’s quite normal in our culture.

“But we are respectful and mindful to what the Japanese way is. We will be making sure that what we are showing will be OK.”