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Posted Monday, June 6th 2022

Samoa call up Vui for Pacific Nations Cup

Chris Vui has been named in head coach Seilala Mapusua's 30-man Samoa squad for the Pacific Nations Cup.

The versatile forward, who recently signed a four-year extension with the Bears, is included alongside Lyon loose forward Jordan Taufua and Toulon midfielder Duncan Paia’aua, both of whom have been part of All Blacks and Wallabies squads in recent years but never took to the field for those teams.

Mapusua has also found room for 14 players from the Moana Pasifika squad, four of whom are in line for their test debuts, while Leinster prop Michael Alaalatoa has been named as captain.

Manu Samoa squad for Pacific Nations Cup

Hookers: Seilala Lam (Perpignan), Ray Niuia (Moana Pasifika), Andrew Tuala (LA Giltinis)*

Props: Michael Alaalatoa (Leinster, captain), Sef Fa’agase (Reds)*, Marco Fepulea’i (LA Giltinis)*, Aki Seiuli (Dragons)*, Kalolo Tuiloma (Rugby New York)

Locks: Michael Curry (Moana Pasifika)*, Theo McFarland (Saracens), Sam Slade (Moana Pasifika), Chris Vui (Bristol Bears)

Loose Forwards: Jack Lam (Moana Pasifika), Fritz Lee (Clermont)*, Alamanda Motuga (Moana Pasifika), Henry Time-Stowers (Moana Pasifika), Jordan Taufua (Lyon)*

Halfbacks: Ereatara Enari (Moana Pasifika)*, Auvasa Faleali’i (Papatoetoe), Jonathan Taumateine (Moana Pasifika)

First-Fives: AJ Alatimu (Seattle Seawolves), Rodney Iona (Brumbies), D’Angelo Leiula (Moana Pasifika)

Midfielders: Nigel Ah Wong (Blues)*, Duncan Paia’aua (Toulon)*, Henry Taefu (Moana Pasifika), Danny Toala (Moana Pasifika)*

Outside Backs: Ed Fidow (Rugby New York), Neria Foma’i (Moana Pasifika), Lolagi Visinia (Moana Pasifika)*


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