Nanai-Williams out of Wales test

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:20
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Samoa head coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia has made seven changes ahead of their Friday's Test against Wales at Apia Park.

Last week Samoa suffered a horrendous 0-78 defeat at the hands of New Zealand in Auckland.

Captain David Lemi returns to the left wing in place of Tim Nanai-William.

Other changes in the backline see the return of Rey Lee-lo, who has recovered from his injury and will slot into the inside centre position.

Alapati Leiua moves to the right wing in place of the injured Albert Nikoro, who is ruled out for the rest of the test window.

D'Angelo Leuila starts at fullback with Tila Mealoi and Henry Taefu set to make their debuts off the bench.

In the front row, Paul Alo-Emile will make his debut start at tight head prop in place of Census Johnston, who has to return to New Zealand for personal reasons.

Samoa Under-20 prop Bronson Fotualli-Tauakipulu takes up a spot on the bench.

Alafoti Faosiliva earns a start at No. 8 with Galu Taufale making his debut in the number 7 jersey. Meanwhile, Faifili Levave and Vavae Tuilagi will add impact off the bench.

Samoa: 15 D'Angelo Leuila, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Reynold Lee-lo, 11 David Lemi (Captain), 10 Tusitala Pisi, 9 Kahn Fotualii, 8 Fata Alafoti Faosiliva, 7 Galu Taufale, 6 Piula Faasalele, 5 Faatiga Lemalu, 4 Chris Vui, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Maatulimanu Leiataua, 1 Viliamu Afatia.
Replacements:  16 Seilala Lam, 17 Nephi Leatigaga, 18 Bronson Fotualii-Tauakipulu, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Vavae Tuilagi, 21 Dwayne Polataivao, 22 Henry Taefu, 23 Tila Mealoi

Date: Friday, June 23
Venue: Apia Park, Apia
Kick-off: 19.30 (07.30 BST; 06.30 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)