Alamanda Motuga, born on September 11, 1994, in Samoa, is a Samoan rugby union and rugby sevens player known for his skills as a flanker. He has represented various teams in both formats of the game.
Motuga attended Manurewa High School in Auckland, New Zealand, where he began playing rugby. He started his rugby journey with Manurewa in the Counties-Manukau Amateur Federation Championship. He also played rugby sevens with the Auckland Marist team.
In February 2016, Motuga earned a call-up to the Samoa national rugby sevens team for the Las Vegas and Vancouver legs of the 2015-16 World Rugby Sevens Series. He continued to represent Samoa in sevens competitions, participating in 36 tournaments from 2016 onwards. In May 2016, he was part of the Samoan team that won the Paris Sevens.
Motuga's performances in both rugby union and sevens caught the attention of the selectors, and in July 2019, he was selected for the Samoa national rugby union team for the 2019 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup.
He made his debut for the national side against Tonga. His impressive performances for Samoa, as well as in the Samoa Sevens team, led to his inclusion in the Samoa squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup as a replacement for Afa Amosa.
In 2020, Motuga joined the Counties Manukau squad for the Mitre 10 Cup, a domestic competition in New Zealand. Later that year, he represented Moana Pasifika in their inaugural match against the Māori All Blacks. In October 2021, he signed with Moana Pacifica for the 2022 season.
Motuga has proven to be a valuable player for both Samoa's sevens and fifteens teams. He has showcased his abilities on the international stage and continues to make an impact in domestic competitions such as the Bunnings NPC and the Super Rugby Pacific.
Ahead of the World Rugby Cup 2023, Motuga has been named in the squad for Samoa.
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|2019 - present|
|2020 - present|
|Moana Pasifika Rugby
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