Thursday, 29 September 2011

The Bears need to be aware - Radike Samo on the wing against Russia!

With a number of injuries in the Wallabies backline, Radike Samo the big No.8  has been selected on the wing for Australia's match against Russia on Saturday. The 35 year old is no stranger to the position and he scored during his country's 67-5 victory over the United States as he filled in during the game on the wing. 

Australia's casualty list includes Pat McCabe (shoulder), Kurtley Beale (hamstring), Digby Ioane (broken thumb), Rob Horne (broken cheek) and Anthony Faingaa, who was knocked out against the USA.

The Wallabies coach is confident that the Queensland Reds player will not let him down.

"It's a position he's familiar with," Robbie Deans said. "He started on the wing and as recently as last weekend you saw him there.

"He's a remarkable athlete. He's 35, I understand, and he can still run really fast."
Samo who had an outstanding Super Rugby season has had a stop start international career, winning his first six caps for Australia in 2004 with a seven year break before his international return this year when he became the oldest Australian international in a Tri-Nations game. He previously had played for Fiji at Under 19 level.

There is no doubting his pace and Samo will be long remembered for his stunning 65 metre try in the Wallabies' 25-20 Tri-Nations victory over the All Blacks in Brisbane when he burst clear handing off Adam Thompson before outsprinting winger Cory Jane and full-back Mils Muliaina to score a memorable 65-metre try.

In ACT days Samo also could be found playing at second row and in this clip the big man burns Sitiveni Sivivatu and Byron Kelleher.

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