29 Sep 2017

Sport: Big numbers turn out for Samoa 7s trials

4:56 pm on 29 September 2017

Local trials have begun in Samoa, with just over two months until the start of the new World Sevens Series.

Close to 50 players, from home and abroad, are vying to impress head coach Sir Gordon Tietjens, who led the Manu to a 13th place finish last season.

He said it was important to have a good mix of old and new players.

"We've got a lot of good experience - Joe Perez now is a magnificent sevens player and he's going to get bigger, strong, faster and had a good year last year with Samoa Toloa," he said.

"Tulolo Tulolo who's come back as well, it's really good to see him here, and some big forwards also.

"We've got a few New Zealand-based players that have put their hand up to have a crack to play for Samoa as well so that's going to increase the depth and if we can get good depth then we're in for a good season".

The World Series kicks off in Dubai at the start of December, while the Oceania Sevens will take place in November in Suva.