Samoa, HSBC Sevens World Series champions in 2009/2010, was the darling of the USA Sevens from 2010-2012, winning the title twice in that span. But that hasn’t slowed the enthusiasm of Manu Samoa’s fan base, which is amongst the largest at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas every year. Samoa is expected to be well supported in San Jose, too, with a large pacific island population in the Bay Area. The team itself is coming off a very disappointing World Series season, though, finishing 13th. That’s the lowest in team history by some margin. But this tournament is all about the upcoming season, and Samoa is as capable as anyone as turning it around quickly.