22 Jan 2014

Sport: New Manusina coach says he has big shoes to fill

1:35 pm on 22 January 2014

The Samoa women's rugby coach, Euini Lale Faumuina, admits he has some pretty big shoes to fill in his new role.

Faumuina will lead the Manusina into the Women's Rugby World Cup in Spain later this year.

The former assistant coach replaces the late Papali'itele Peter Fatialofa, who passed away in November, and says he will do his best to continue his good work with the team.

"It's a huge challenge. Very said with his untimely death but I guess when your calling comes you can't really say no to the man. The shoes that I'm stepping into is very big but I'm not going to compare myself to Papali'itele - he's played a massive in role in building up this legacy of the Manusina team. Now, I'm pretty much in the hot-seat and ready to, and looking forward to, taking up the challenge on behalf of my brother".

Meanwhile Faumuina says the Manusina has a one -off test against the World Champion Black Ferns pencilled in in the lead-up to the World Cup.

"There is a a prosed test match against the Black Ferns in June this year and we will also hopefully get some games against the local teams: the Manurewa Rugby side, the Northern Region Maori Women's Harlequins side.

The Manusina team held their first training camp over the weekend in Auckland which focused on fitness testing.