Samoa draft replacement for injured back-row Amosa

Alamanda Motuga has been called up for World Cup duty for Samoa after Afaesetiti Amosa's tournament was ended by injury.

TOKYO, 26 Sep - Manu Samoa coach Vaeluaga Steve Jackson has confirmed that Alamanda Motuga has been called into the team’s Rugby World Cup squad to replace number eight Afaesetiti Amosa, pictured above, who sustained a tournament-ending knee injury during Samoa’s 34-9 victory over Russia on Tuesday.  

"Alamanda was part of our group for the Tonga test in the Pacific Nations Cup, so he understands our game and our team environment. Even though he’s a genuine number seven – he is also very versatile and can cover multiple positions. He’s a very fit and hardworking player who deserves the opportunity," Jackson said.

Motuga, pictured in sevens action, hails from the Manurewa club in New Zealand. The 25-year-old has been a stand out for Samoa on the World Rugby International Sevens Series, where he has scored 55 tries from 161 matches. His single Test appearance for the Manu Samoa was against Tonga during the Pacific Nations Cup in July 2019.

Motuga arrives in Japan on Friday.

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