Vaovasamanaia unveils lineup for Barbarians clash

In an exciting announcement, Vaovasamanaia Seilala Mapusua, Head Coach of the Manu Samoa, has revealed the eagerly awaited lineup for the upcoming Barbarians match. The clash promises to be a thrilling display of top-tier rugby talent and sportsmanship.

Vaovasa’s lineup reflects a strategic blend of seasoned veterans and promising young talent.
With a focus on teamwork, versatility, and a commitment to the sport’s values, the selected
players are poised to deliver an exceptional performance on the field.

“Our lineup for the Barbarians match presents a great opportunity for more game time for the team as we prepare for the Rugby World Cup. It brings together an exceptional group of athletes that will work together to find combinations and familiarize themselves with playing in France. After a long journey from home, the team is ready to take on the Barbarians on what will be a tough match. “

Match Details
Date: Friday 18 August 2023
Time: 8:45pm in Brive and 7.45am Saturday 19 August in Samoa
Location: Stade Amedee-Domenech, Brive

Manu Samoa vs Barbarians line-up as follows;

  1. Jordan Lay
  2. Seilala Lam
  3. Michael Alaalatoa (cc)
  4. Brian Alainu’u’ese
  5. Theodore McFarland
  6. Steven Luatua
  7. Alamanda Motuga
  8. So’otala Faaso’o
  9. Melani Matavao
  10. Lima Sopoaga*
  11. Ben Lam*
  12. Tumua Manu
  13. Neria Fomai
  14. Nigel Ah Wong
  15. Danny Toala
  16. Luteru Tolai
  17. James Lay
  18. Paul Alo-Emile
  19. Chris Vui (cc)
  20. Sa Jordan Taufua
  21. Ereatara Sotiaka Enari
  22. Christian Lealiifano
  23. Ed Fidow

*Denotes first cap for Samoa


  1. This will be the second time, Manu Samoa plays the Barbarians
  2. The first encounter was Pre-RWC2015 when Barbarians met Manu Samoa at Olympic
    Stadium, Stratford, England. Barbarians won 27-24
  3. Christian Lealiifano played for the Barbarians in the first match in 2015 having played
    against Jack Lam and Tim Nanai-Willliams. Roles have reversed and Lealiifano
    wearing the blue jersey will face off Lam and Nanai-Williams as the Barbarians.
  4. Manu Samoa was scheduled to play the Barbarians in 2021 in England but the match
    was later called off two hours from kick-off due to a Covid-19 breakout within the
    Barbarians camp