Chiefs flyer in Samoa's RWC squad
Cape Town - The Manu Samoa selectors have
named 58 players in their wider training group and selection pool for the 2015
campaign, including the Rugby World Cup.
Chiefs utility back Tim Nanai-Williams has
been included but will need to play in one more round of the Sevens World
Series to become eligible for next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and Rugby
World Cup in England and Wales later this year.
Having appeared in three of the four world
circuit rounds he needs to play to switch his eligibility from New Zealand to
Samoa, he will play the last one of those tournaments for Samoa in Glasgow, in
May, when the Chiefs have their second bye.
Other notable inclusions in the squad are
Newcastle flyer Sinoti Sinoti and Bordeaux's Peter Saili, who left the Blues
shortly before the Super Rugby season in order to go to France.
A squad of 38 to face the All Blacks and
for the Pacific Nations Cup will be named in early June.
The final squad of 31 to travel to the US
(for the Nations Cup) will be named on July 9, the day after the All Blacks
match in Apia.
Forwards: Albert Anae (Treviso), Aniseko
Sio (Leicester Tigers), Anthony Perenise (Bristol), Jake Grey (Samoa A), James
Johnston (Saracens), Logovii Mulipola (Leicester Tigers), Sakaria Taulafo
(Stade Francais), Viliamu Afatia (Agen), Andrew Williams (Samoa A), Maatulimanu
Leiataua (Aurillac), Tii Paulo (Clermont), Wayne Ole Avei (Bordeaux), Teofilo
Paulo (Cardiff Blues), Maselino Paulino (Samoa A), Kane Thompson (Newcastle
Falcons), Iosefa Tekori (Toulouse), Faatiga Lemalu (Sannix Blues), Daniel Leo
(London Irish), Alafoti Faosiliva (Bath), Faifili Levave (Toyota), Francis
Ieremia (Samoa A), Jack Lam (Bristol), Maurie Fa’asavalu (Oyonnax), Ofisa
Treviranus (London Irish), Oneone Faafou (Samoa A), Peter Saili (Bordeaux),
Peter Semeane (Samoa A), Taiasina Tuifua (Bordeaux), Tala James Ioane (Sale
Sharks), Vavae Tuilagi (Carcassonne)
Backs: Jack Taulapapa (Wellington), Kahn
Fotuali’i (Northampton), Peleifofoga Cowley (Auckland), Vavao Afemai (Samoa A),
Michael Stanley (Ulster), Patrick Fa’apale (Samoa A), Tusiata Pisi (Suntory),
Alapati Leiua (Wasps), Anitelea Tuilagi (Newcastle), Faialaga Afamasaga (Samoa
A), Faleniu Iosi (Samoa A), George Pisi (Northampton), Johnny Leota (Sale),
Reynold Lee Lo (Hurricanes), Winston Stanley (Northland), Ah See Tuala
(Northampton), Alesana Tuilagi (Newcastle), Alofa Alofa (La Rochelle), David
Lemi (Bristol), Ken Pisi (Northampton), Paul Perez (Natal Sharks), Sailosi
Tagicakibau (Wasps), Sinoti Sinoti (Newcastle), Henry Suau’u (Samoa A),
Faatoina Autagavaia (Nevers), Paul Williams (Stade Francais), Tim Nanai Williams
(Chiefs), Titi Esau (Samoa A)