In the 2015/2016 World Series Sevens season Samoa placed 9th and had their best finish in Paris – when they took out the top title. Halfway through the 2016/2017 season Samoa gained the coaching experience of legendary Gordon Tietjen but they finished a disappointing 13th at the end of the season, with their best finish again in Paris, where they claimed 5th. The 2016/2017 season has clearly been a time of adjustment for the Manu Samoa Sevens. With the guidance of coach Tietjens, the Samoan Sevens have their sights set on the 2018 Commonwealth Games and then 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
On December 29, 2011, Samoa jumped the International Dateline, skipping December 30, 2011, to fall in line with the same day as New Zealand and Australia on December 31, 2011 – New Years Eve.
Sir Gordon Tietjens
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Alamanda Motuga made his debut on the World Series Sevens circuit in 2016 as a surprise inclusion to the Samoa squad for the Las Vegas and Vancouver tournaments. Since then he has been a regular in the Samoa squad, and at just 23 is one of the highest try scorers for the team.
World Series ranking 2016/2017:
2017 Sydney Sevens placing: