Manu Samoa

Manu Samoa qualify for World Cup after dominant display against Germany

The hard-fought victory, combined with the 66-15 first leg win in Apia, confirmed a 108-43 aggregate win and a place in Pool A alongside Ireland, Scotland, Japan and Russia.

Germany were leading the second leg 28-21 with 10 minutes remaining, but Samoa showed their dominance to run away with another convincing win.

The Samoans have played at the last seven Rugby World Cups, and their best result was the quarterfinals at their first two in 1991 and 1995.

It is not all over for Germany who will now compete in the four-team repecharge in November in Marseille.

Manu Samoa tweak line-up for decisive second leg

Joe Tekori and Brandon Nansen form a new locking duo while Patrick Fa'apale will run proceedings at first five.

Josh Tyrell failed to recover from an injury sustained in training last week while captain Chris Vui moves from the second row to the blindside flank, in place of the injured Piula Fa'asalele.

Tusi Pisi moves out to second receiver after Alapati Leuia was excused from selection due to family commitments.

There's also four changes in the reserves, with Taula Eels halfback Ionatana Tino poised to make his test debut off the bench.

Alatasi Tupou included in Samoa's World Cup 7s squad

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 March.

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.

Two players in doubt for Manu Samoa

Doncaster Knights lock Tyrell and Toulouse flanker Faʻasalele both started in the 66-15 first leg victory in Apia nine days ago.

Head coach Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua said the pair suffered the injuries during a training camp in England at the end of last week.

"Our physio and the doctor are still working trying to get them back soon," he said.

"We're not sure - we will wait until our training tomorrow. (Monday local time) will be the first date we are expecting them to train and also the whole team to train tomorrow.

Samoa welcomes German rugby team

“It is with great pleasure to welcome the German National Team and management to your very first visit to Samoa, and also to our own Manu Samoa team,” said Tuilaepa.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa spoke about the shared history between Samoa and Germany, highlighting the strong economic and trading links as well as the close Diplomatic ties that Samoa continues to share with Germany to this day. Tuilaepa also said that Samoa relishes the opportunity to host the German Rugby Team, despite the high stakes ahead of the looming Rugby World Cup 2019 qualification match.

PM attacks 'gutless' Manu Samoa

Following defeats by Fiji and Tonga, Samoa has now lost nine Test matches in a row leading into this weekend's first leg of a World Cup qualifying playoff against Germany.

The Samoa Observer reported the prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, telling parliament that he met the team last week and told them they had "no guts".

"I said, if you don't win this game then you all have to resign from the team," he said

Manu Samoa coach Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua said his players lacked commitment in the PNC but he said the results were not important.

Manu Samoa ring changes as Tonga, Fiji add firepower

Jordan Lay, Seilala Lam and Viliamu Afatia form a brand new front row combination, with Logovii Mulipola out injured, while Joe Tekori joins captain Chris Vui in the second row.

TJ Ioane starts on the openside flank with Jack Lam shifting to number eight.

Dwayne Polataivao gets the nod at halfback, with Alofa Alofa replacing the injured Rey Lee-Lo at centre, in his first test appearance for three years, while veteran Paul Perez comes onto the right wing.

The 'Ikale Tahi have brought in four new faces with one positional change to the run-on team.

'No excuses' from Manu Samoa for loss

The Manu came back from a 17-3 half time deficit lose 24-22 in Suva

Zane Hilton said with rugby World Cup qualification coming up for Samoa the time for excuses was over.

"We really understand that the country, like the team itself, we want to start to get that winning culture back," Hilton said.

"So the reality is we were extremely disappointed around our execution and the fact we let ourselves down in some key areas."

More uncertainty for Manu Samoa as Romania, Spain appeal sanctions

Belgium, Spain and Romania were found to have fielded ineligible players in the Rugby Europe Championship, with each team deducted five championship points for every game an ineligible player was used.

The ruling meant Russia qualified for the World Cup in place of Romania and Samoa would face Germany or Portugal in a home and away playoff.

While admitting to fielding an ineligible player, who was previously captured by another union, Romania confirmed it was appealing the sanction.

Three new caps named for Manu Samoa

Harlequins number eight Matt Luamanu adds further depth to the loose forwards, Western Force first five Rodney Iona will compete with the returning Tusi Pisi for the playmaker's role, while former sevens star Ed Fidow gets his chance out wide in the fifteen-a-side game.

Veteran lock Joe Tekori is set to make his first test appearance since the 2015 World Cup, while Harlequins midfielder Alofa Alofa and Newcastle wing Sinoti Sinoti have also been named in the 28-man squad after last wearing blue three years ago.