Michael Alaalatoawill continue a proud family tradition when he represents Samoa at Rugby World Cup 2019. Whilst his brother, Allan, has chosen to represent his adoptive country Australia, the Crusaders’ prop Michael will following in the footsteps of father Vili, who represented Samoa at the 1991 Rugby World Cup.
Alaalatoa and scrum-half Scott Malolua have both been included in coach Steve Jackson’s 31-man Samoan squad for Japan 2019 despite not yet making their test debuts.
The uncapped duo form part of an inexperienced Manu Samoa selection that includes only eight players with previous Rugby World Cup experience.
Captain Jack Lam is one of the eight players included in the squad that have previous Rugby World Cup experience, while veteran fly-half Tusi Pisi will head to a third tournament.
Samoa face Australia in their final warm-up match in Sydney next weekend, where the two Alaalatoa brothers could come face-to-face.
Samoa start their Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign against Russia on 24 September.
Samoa squad for Rugby World Cup
Afaesetiti Amosa, TJ Ioane, Jack Lam (captain), Piula Fa’asalele, Josh Tyrell, Chris Vui, Teofilo Paulo, Kane Leaupepe, Senio Toleafoa, Michael Alaalatoa, Paul Alo-Emile, James Lay, Jordan Lay, Logovi’i Mulipola, Motu Matu’u, Ray Niuia, Seilala Lam.
Ed Fidow, Tim Nanai-Williams, Ahsee Tuala, Belgium Tuatagaloa, Henry Taefu, Alapati Leiua, Reynold Lee-Lo, Kieron Fonotia, AJ Atatimu, Tusi Pisi, Ulupano Seuteni, Dwayne Polotaivao, Melani Matavao, Scott Malolua.