Mai to miss Commonwealth


APIA, September 21- Kenya’s Sevens Pool A rivals Samoa will be without legendary playmaker Uale Mai for next month’s Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.Mai will miss the two week event to take up a playing contract in Spain.

Mai, the most-capped player in the abbreviated game of rugby union sevens and a key part in Samoa’s maiden World Series triumph in 2009/10, is joining Spain’s El Salvador club. Alatasi Tupou takes Mai’s place.

"It’s a big loss," Samoa coach Stephen Betham acknowledged. "We are going to miss Uale’s experience, but we cannot hold on to him."

Samoa squad

Ofisa Trevaranius, Simaika Mikaele, Alafoti Faosiliva, Afa Aiono, Pale Toelupe, Apelu Fa’aiuga, Lolo Lui, Alatasi Tupou, Reupena Levasa, Mikaele Pesamino, Paul Chan Tung, Fautua Otto