Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Logo named in Samoan November Tests Squad

Logovii Mulpola has been named in Samoa's squad for this November's Autumn Internationals.  They play Canada (in Colwyn Bay, which is a bit of a joke) on November 9th, Wales on November 16th and France on November 24th.  He will miss 4 Tigers games but only 1 in the Premiership (Wasps Away on November 24th), and he could make that if he fails to gain selection in the final test.  

Once again there is a suspicious lack of Northampton players in a "minor" nations test squad as Ken and George Pisi are both left out.  Consider Tongahuia not playing for Tonga between the 2007 and 2011 World Cups and American Samu Manoa not representing USA at the 2011 World Cup and very dodgy pattern emerges.  Whether these are genuine selection stinkers by the respective nations or undue politiking from the "Saints" is surely for PRL and the IRB to investigate.  It undermines the Premiership when one side has its international players available and its rivals doesn't and it undermines international rugby when a nations best representatives are being barred from playing.  

Harlequins have Maurice Faasavalu selected but James Johnston misses out in a competitive front row to Mulipola and his elder brother Census Johnston of Toulouse.

Another notable name is of course Alesana Tuilagi who will be part of the touring party. 

1. Sakaria Taulafo - UK
2. Logovii Mulipola – UK
3. Census Johnston – FRA
4. Viliamu Afatia – FRA
5. Tii Paulo – FRA
6. Ole Avei – FRA
7. Daniel Leo – FRA
8. Faatiga Lemalu – NZ
9. Joe Tekori – FRA
10. Filo Paulo – NZ
11. Taiasina Tuifu’a – UK
12. Ofisa Treviranus – UK
13. Maurie Faasavalu – UK
14. Tivani Foma’I – NZ
15. Kane Thompson – JPN
16. Ropeti Lafo
17. Kahn Fotualii – Wales
18. Jeremy Su’a – NZ
19. Auvasa Falealii – NZ
20. Tusi Pisi – JPN
21. Ki Anufe – NZ
22. Setaimata Sa – UK
23. Seilala Mapusua – JPN
24. Paul Williams –UK
25. Robert Lilomaiava – Samoa
26. David Lemi – UK - Captain
27. Reupenna Levasa – Samoa
28. Paul Perez – SA
29. Faatoina Autagavaia – NZ
30. Alesana Tuilagi – JPN

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