Manu Samoa

Manu Samoa to face Germany or Portugal in World Cup playoff

Confirmation comes after an independent judicial and disputes committee found Belgium, Spain and Romania fielded ineligible players in the Rugby Europe Championship.

Each team has been deducted five championship points for every game an ineligible player was used (40-point deduction for Spain and a 30-point deduction for both Belgium and Romania), meaning Russia now qualifies for the World Cup in place of Romania.

Samoa was originally scheduled to face Spain or Portugal next month for the final berth in Pool A, but the fixtures have now been delayed by three weeks.

Samoa make three changes for England test

Josh Tyrell comes back into the second row, in place of Faatiga Lemalu, after missing the defeat by Romania in Bucharest.

TJ Ioane gets the start at openside flanker, with Jack Lam shifting to number eight in place of Ofisa Treviranus.

Meanwhile Alapati Leiua will make his first start on tour at second five eighth in place of Reynold Lee-Lo, who drops to the bench.

Samoa have yet to beat England in seven previous tests, with the hosts prevailing 28-9 in their last meeting at Twickenham in 2014.

Samoa squad:

1. Jordan Lay

Manu Samoa feel the pressure ahead of England test

The Manu have lost all six test matches they've played in 2017 and changed coaches mid-season after failing to secure automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup.

After a strong showing in a 44-38 defeat by Scotland in Edinburgh the Manu slumped to a 17-13 defeat in Romania last weekend.

Technical advisor John Schuster said they had high hopes going into the game and felt they could win but ended up taking a step backwards.

Manu Samoa make four changes for Romania test

Motu Matu'u starts at hooker, with Manu Leiataua dropping to the bench.

Faatiga Lemalu joins captain Chris Vui in the second row, replacing Josh Tyrrell, who scored on test debut in last weekend's 44-38 defeat by Scotland.

Former captain Ofisa Treviranus makes his first test start since the 2015 World Cup at number eight, with Jack Lam moving to the openside flank in place of TJ Ioane, while Dwayne Polataivao replaces Pele Cowley at halfback.

Two new caps to start Samoa, Nanai-Williams at 10

Otago prop Brighouse starts in the front row alongside James Lay and hooker Manu Leiataua, while North Harbour lock Josh Tyrell will partner new captain Chris Vui in the middle of the pack.

Halfback Melani Matavao and first five AJ Alatimu are also poised to earn their first test caps from the bench.

Tim Nanai Williams has been entrusted with the number 10 jersey, having started his previous eight tests at fullback or on the wing, allowing Ahsee Tuala to regain the number 15 jersey.

Manu Samoa team named for Northern Hemisphere tour

Manu Samoa opens its Northern Hemisphere tour with a game against Scotland on November 11. This will be followed by a match against Romania on November 18 and the final one against England on November 25.

The list of players was in a press conference at the Samoa Rugby Union Headquarters in Tuana’imato.

Manu Samoa Northern Hemisphere tour squad:

Loose Head Props
Jordan Lay (Mitre 10 Bay of Plenty NZ)
Donald Brighouse (Mitre 10 Otago NZ)

Pichot wants fair-pay as Samoa ask England to cough up £160,000

CEO Vincent Fepuleai is personally contacting his counterpart, Steve Brown, after The Mail on Sunday revealed the Pacific Islanders will earn £650 (NZ$1200) each for the week - in contrast to a £22,000 (NZ$40,900) match fee for England stars.

Samoa's pay packet breaks down to just £95 (NZ$176) per day for their biggest game of the year, prompting World Rugby vice-chairman Gus Pichot to call for widespread financial reform.

Tafua vows to restore trust within Samoan rugby

Fuimaono has been appointed to a second stint as head coach through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

He replaces Namulauulu Alama Ieremia, who resigned last month after the team suffered four straight defeat in the June/July test window to fall short of automatic qualification.

Fuimaono previously coached Samoa from 2009 until 2011 and said he had the experience to get the team moving forward again.

"I think the only problem at the moment is the trust between the coaches and the players," said the two-time national sevens coach.

Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua new Manu Samoa head coach

Fuimaono was the head coach for Manu Samoa from 2009 until 2011 Rugby World Cup.

He takes over from former coach, Namulauulu Alama Ieremia.

Namulauulu resigned after a year in the job when the team produced poor results.

Manu Samoa also missed out on qualifying for the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup and the World Cup.

Fuimaono aims to lead Manu Samoa on its Northern Hemisphere tour in November and qualification for the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Tokyo.

Manu Samoa rugby fans urged to keep the faith

The 38-16 loss at Apia Park, Samoa's fourth successive test defeat, reduced them to 16th in the world rankings, their lowest position since the index was introduced in 2003.

Head coach Alama Ieremia said everyone was hurting and he accepted that all results, good or bad, ultimately came back to him.

"I'm the head coach so I take full responsibility for anything that happens in the campaign so I've got no issues with that," he said.