Hurricanes pair boost Samoa

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:01
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Two more uncapped players on the bench

Hurricanes duo Jack Lam and Alapati Leiua will make their Test debuts for Samoa against Scotland in Durban on Saturday.

Their inclusion is part of nine changes made by coach Stephen Betham to the team that lost 14-22 to France in the last Test of 2012 in November.

Betham has included two more uncapped players on the bench in the form of hooker Maatulimanu Leiataua and centre Brando Vaaulu.

Japan-based Alesana Tuilagi, who was the shining light for Mano Samoa in last weekend’s tour match against the Golden Lions, will return to the Test team after a two-year absence in the No.11 jersey.

Samoa kick-off their four-team tournament campaign against the Scots on Saturday and will face Italy in their second outing in Nelspruit next weekend to determine their opponents for the final round on June 22.

Samoa: 15 James Sooialo, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Paul Williams (captain), 12 Jonny Leota, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Tusiata Pisi, 9 Jeremy Sua, 8 Taiasina Tuifua, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Ofisa Treviranus, 5 Daniel Leo, 4 Teofilo Paulo, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Wayne Ole Avei, 1 Logovii Mulipola.
Replacements: 16 Maatulimanu Leiataua, 17 Sakaria Taulafo, 18 James Johnston, 19 Faatiga Lemalu, 20 Junior Poluleuligaga, 21 Brando Vaaulu, 22 Seilala Mapusua, 23 Alafoti Faosiliva.

Date: Saturday, June 8
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 14.00 (12.00 GMT; 01.00, Sunday, June 9 Samoa time)
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Sindile Mayende (South Africa)
TMO: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)