Samoa Rugby World Cup Squad 2023

Samoa is one of the popular Rugby Loving nations. The country has regularly participated in the Rugby World Cup since 1991, and the team has consistently produced some exciting rugby talents.

This article will share the Samoa Rugby World Cup 2023 team squad, player list, history, past performances and more.

Samoa Rugby World Cup Squad 2023

Samoa Rugby World Cup Squad (Final Roster)

The Samoa Rugby World Cup squad for 2023 has been announced, with 32 players named and one yet to be declared.

Coached by Seilala Mapusua, the squad has Michael Alaalatoa and Chris Vui as co-captains.

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Among the notable inclusions in the squad are three former All Blacks – Lima Sopoaga, Steven Luatua, and Charlie Faumuina – as well as Christian Lealiifano, who represented the Wallabies at the previous World Cup in Japan.

Here is the complete list of players for the Samoa Rugby team in the RWC 2023:

Seilala LamHooker3423France Perpignan
Sama MaloloHooker252United States San Diego Legion
Luteru TolaiHooker253New Zealand Moana Pasifika
Michael Ala’alatoa (c)Prop3114Ireland Leinster
Paul Alo-EmileProp3120France Stade Français
Charlie FaumuinaProp363France Toulouse
Jordan LayProp3025New Zealand Blues
Brian Alainu’ueseLock295France Toulon
Theo McFarlandLock277England Saracens
Sam SladeLock254New Zealand Moana Pasifika
Chris Vui (c)Lock3026England Bristol Bears
Miracle FaiʻilagiFlanker232New Zealand Moana Pasifika
Steve LuatuaFlanker322England Bristol Bears
Alamanda MotugaFlanker275New Zealand Moana Pasifika
Taleni SeuFlanker295Japan Toyota Shuttles
Jordan TaufuaFlanker315France Lyon
So’otala Fa’aso’oNumber 8281France Perpignan
Fritz LeeNumber 8347France Clermont
Ere EnariScrum-half266New Zealand Moana Pasifika
Melani MatavaoScrum-half2713Unattached
Jonathan TaumateineScrum-half2610New Zealand Moana Pasifika
Christian Leali’ifanoFly-half353New Zealand Moana Pasifika
Lima SopoagaFly-half320France Lyon
D’Angelo LeuilaCentre2622New Zealand Moana Pasifika
Tumua ManuCentre306France Pau
Duncan Paia’auaCentre285France Toulon
UJ SeuteniCentre2911France La Rochelle
Nigel Ah WongWing338Unattached
Ed FidowWing2918United States New York
Neria FomaiWing317New Zealand Moana Pasifika
Ben LamWing320France Montpellier
Danny ToalaFullback248New Zealand Moana Pasifika

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Samoa Rugby World Cup History and Past Performance and Odds

Samoa has had a respectable history in the Rugby World Cup, though they have not won the tournament. Samoa first appeared in the World Cup in 1991 and reached the quarterfinals. They repeated this feat in 1995 but have yet to surpass the pool stages.

Samoa has had some memorable victories over top-tier teams regarding individual matches. For instance, they beat Wales in both the 1991 and 1999 tournaments. However, they’ve often been drawn into tough pools, limiting their progression in the tournament.

While Samoan rugby has produced many talented players, many of whom have played in top-level club competitions around the world, the national team has been hindered by challenges such as lack of funding and player availability.

As for the odds of Samoa winning the Rugby World Cup, they are usually considered an underdog. Their odds can vary depending on their form leading into the tournament, the strength of their squad, and the teams they are drawn against in the pool stage.

Despite long shots with 250/1 odds for the Rugby World Cup 2023, Samoa, with its talented squad and history of causing upsets, hopes to surpass expectations and perform impressively in the tournament.

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