Samoa building well for World Cup
WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN: With just over two months until Samoa’s World Cup campaign gets underway, preparations for rugby’s showpiece event in Japan are going better than ever for the 16th-ranked side in the world.
In fact, their current training camp in Auckland ahead of the upcoming Pacific Nations Cup is “one of the best” Manu Samoa have had, according to star prop Logovi’i Mulipola.
“A lot of the time we come together, [there’s] a lack of time we’ve been together,” the 32-year-old said.
“Compared to the tier one, tier two [teams], they literally have a block of a month to come together.
“We come together [in] the week, and play the weekend – which does not help.”
However, Mulipola believes that the squad’s extended period of time together in Auckland bodes well for both the Pacific Nations Cup and the World Cup.
“This is one of the best, we have one week before a Test match,” he said.
“Hopefully we’re going to do better this time.”
Manu Samoa’s international season kicks-off next weekend in their Pacific Nations Cup opener against rivals Tonga at Apia Park.
Clashes against the United States and Fiji in Suva will follow in consecutive weeks, before they face the New Zealand Heartland XV as part of the Pasifika Challenge II at Eden Park in Auckland on August 31.
Samoa open their World Cup campaign on September 24 against Russia at Kumagaya, the first of four pool fixtures which will see them face Scotland, Japan and Ireland in one of the tougher groups of the World Cup.