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    Henry Taefu in Samoa squad for Spring tour

    LOOSE HEADS
    1. Logovi’i MULIPOLA Newcastle Falcons (UK)
    2. Jordan LAY Bristol (UK)
    3. James LAY Bay of Plenty (NZ)

    TIGHT HEADS
    4. Donald BRIGHOUSE Canterbury Crusaders (NZ)
    5. Hisa SASAGI Otago (NZ)
    6. Paul ALO-EMILE Stade Francaise (FRANCE)

    HOOKERS
    7. Motu MATUU London Irish (UK)
    8. Raymond NIUIA North Harbour (NZ)
    9. Maatulimanu LEIATAUA USAP Perpignan (FRANCE)

    LOCKS
    10. Benjamin NEE-NEE North Harbour (NZ)
    11. Joshua TYRELL Doncaster (UK)
    12. Brandon NANSEN Newport Dragons (UK)
    13. Teofilo PAULO London Irish (UK)

    LOOSIES
    14. Ofisa TREVIRANUS London Irish (UK)
    15. Faifili LEVAVE Auckland (NZ)
    16. Piula FAASALELE Toulouse (FRANCE)
    17. Jack LAM Bristol Rugby Club (UK)
    18. TJ IOANE London Irish (UK)

    HALFBACKS
    19. Melani MATAVAO Otago Mitre10 (NZ)
    20. Dwayne POLATAIVAO Northcote (NZ)
    21. Pelefofoga COWLEY Auckland (NZ)

    FIRST FIVES
    22. Tusi PISI Bristol Rugby Club (UK)
    23. D'angelo LEUILA Papatoetoe (NZ)

    MIDFIELD
    24. Stacey ILI Hawkes Bay (NZ)
    25. Reynold LEE LO Cardiff Blues (WALES)
    26. Henry TAEFU Western Force (Australia)
    27. Alapati LEIUA Bristol Rugby Club (UK)

    OUTSIDE BACKS
    28. Ed FIDOW Aix Marseille (France)
    29. Tim Nanai WILLIAMS Clermont Auvergne (France)
    30. Ah See TUALA Northampton (UK)
    31. JJ TAULAGI Hawkes Bay (NZ)
    https://www.ultimaterugby.com/news/m...re-tour/609337

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    Wow. All 31 are listed as playing for clubs outside Samoa.

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    But not Iona or Pisi? He seems to have moved past both in the past year to being the preferred player for both Force and Samoa.

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    Ive been very impressed with Iona

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    Congratulations Henry.
    It's a privilege for us to have you playing in WA and for the Western Force.
    Hope you get some game time against Fiji and in the finals.
    Enjoy and play well on the Spring Tour for Samoa.

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    ^^^^this^^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by volvo View Post
    LOOSE HEADS
    1. Logovi’i MULIPOLA Newcastle Falcons (UK)
    2. Jordan LAY Bristol (UK)
    3. James LAY Bay of Plenty (NZ)

    TIGHT HEADS
    4. Donald BRIGHOUSE Canterbury Crusaders (NZ)
    5. Hisa SASAGI Otago (NZ)
    6. Paul ALO-EMILE Stade Francaise (FRANCE)

    HOOKERS
    7. Motu MATUU London Irish (UK)
    8. Raymond NIUIA North Harbour (NZ)
    9. Maatulimanu LEIATAUA USAP Perpignan (FRANCE)

    LOCKS
    10. Benjamin NEE-NEE North Harbour (NZ)
    11. Joshua TYRELL Doncaster (UK)
    12. Brandon NANSEN Newport Dragons (UK)
    13. Teofilo PAULO London Irish (UK)

    LOOSIES
    14. Ofisa TREVIRANUS London Irish (UK)
    15. Faifili LEVAVE Auckland (NZ)
    16. Piula FAASALELE Toulouse (FRANCE)
    17. Jack LAM Bristol Rugby Club (UK)
    18. TJ IOANE London Irish (UK)

    HALFBACKS
    19. Melani MATAVAO Otago Mitre10 (NZ)
    20. Dwayne POLATAIVAO Northcote (NZ)
    21. Pelefofoga COWLEY Auckland (NZ)

    FIRST FIVES
    22. Tusi PISI Bristol Rugby Club (UK)
    23. D'angelo LEUILA Papatoetoe (NZ)

    MIDFIELD
    24. Stacey ILI Hawkes Bay (NZ)
    25. Reynold LEE LO Cardiff Blues (WALES)
    26. Henry TAEFU Western Force (Australia)
    27. Alapati LEIUA Bristol Rugby Club (UK)

    OUTSIDE BACKS
    28. Ed FIDOW Aix Marseille (France)
    29. Tim Nanai WILLIAMS Clermont Auvergne (France)
    30. Ah See TUALA Northampton (UK)
    31. JJ TAULAGI Hawkes Bay (NZ)
    https://www.ultimaterugby.com/news/m...re-tour/609337
    I wonder how many of them are actually born in Samoa. I remember that there was a year when literally 90% of the Samoan team was born in New Zealand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPaRTAN View Post
    I wonder how many of them are actually born in Samoa. I remember that there was a year when literally 90% of the Samoan team was born in New Zealand...
    That may be. Conversely I remember AB teams where a large percentage of players were island born. Names like Muliaina, Rokokoko, late great Jerry Collins, Sivivatu, So'ialo, Luaki. Plenty of Wallabies the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by volvo View Post
    LOOSE HEADS
    1. Logovi’i MULIPOLA Newcastle Falcons (UK)
    2. Jordan LAY Bristol (UK)
    3. James LAY Bay of Plenty (NZ)

    TIGHT HEADS
    4. Donald BRIGHOUSE Canterbury Crusaders (NZ)
    5. Hisa SASAGI Otago (NZ)
    6. Paul ALO-EMILE Stade Francaise (FRANCE)

    HOOKERS
    7. Motu MATUU London Irish (UK)
    8. Raymond NIUIA North Harbour (NZ)
    9. Maatulimanu LEIATAUA USAP Perpignan (FRANCE)

    LOCKS
    10. Benjamin NEE-NEE North Harbour (NZ)
    11. Joshua TYRELL Doncaster (UK)
    12. Brandon NANSEN Newport Dragons (UK)
    13. Teofilo PAULO London Irish (UK)

    LOOSIES
    14. Ofisa TREVIRANUS London Irish (UK)
    15. Faifili LEVAVE Auckland (NZ)
    16. Piula FAASALELE Toulouse (FRANCE)
    17. Jack LAM Bristol Rugby Club (UK)
    18. TJ IOANE London Irish (UK)

    HALFBACKS
    19. Melani MATAVAO Otago Mitre10 (NZ)
    20. Dwayne POLATAIVAO Northcote (NZ)
    21. Pelefofoga COWLEY Auckland (NZ)

    FIRST FIVES
    22. Tusi PISI Bristol Rugby Club (UK)
    23. D'angelo LEUILA Papatoetoe (NZ)

    MIDFIELD
    24. Stacey ILI Hawkes Bay (NZ)
    25. Reynold LEE LO Cardiff Blues (WALES)
    26. Henry TAEFU Western Force (Australia)
    27. Alapati LEIUA Bristol Rugby Club (UK)

    OUTSIDE BACKS
    28. Ed FIDOW Aix Marseille (France)
    29. Tim Nanai WILLIAMS Clermont Auvergne (France)
    30. Ah See TUALA Northampton (UK)
    31. JJ TAULAGI Hawkes Bay (NZ)
    https://www.ultimaterugby.com/news/m...re-tour/609337
    Don't forget another WA product above

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    Nice story on Henry
    Western Force centre Henry Taefu’s remarkable rise to international rugby
    Nick Taylor The West Australian
    Friday, 12 October 2018 11:36AM

    Western Force centre Henry Taefu has made a remarkable rise to international rugby after needing life-saving surgery five years ago.
    And he says his selection for Samoa’s northern hemisphere tour next month is recognition for the Western Force.
    Taefu will be looking to add to his one Test against Tonga last year when Samoa play the USA, Georgia and Spain as part of their World Cup build-up.
    Having missed out on Samoa’s last tour selection came as a complete surprise for 25-year-old Taefu who played for Australia in the 2013 Junior World Cup.

    More here

    https://thewest.com.au/sport/western...-ng-b88989259z

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    That's Rodney Iona in the photo in the West article.

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