Samoa team to play Springboks announced

There are three changes to Samoa’s starting XV from the 25-16 win over the US.

FILE: Samoan players celebrate after scoring a try during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup against the US on 20 September 2015. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Samoa head coach Stephen Betham has named his team for the Pool B match against South Africa at Villa Park at 4:45pm on Saturday.

There are three changes to Samoa's starting XV from the 25-16 win over USA with Mike Stanley, TJ Ioane and Motu Matu'u all coming into the team for their first RWC starts.

Stanley and Matu'u both played off the bench in the win over the USA, but are now in the starting team at the expense of Tusi Pisi and Ole Avei, respectively, who both move to the bench.

Ioane comes into the team from outside the first matchday 23 to replace Maurie Fa'asavalu in the back row, and there are also some changes on the bench, with Vavea Tuilagi and George Pisi earning places on the bench.

  1. Sakaria Taulafo

  1. Motu Matu'u

  1. Anthony Perenise

  1. Teofilo Paulo

  1. Iosefa Tekori

  1. TJ Ioane

  1. Jack Lam

  1. Ofisa Treviranus (c)

  1. Kahn Fotuali'i

  1. Mike Stanley

  1. Alesana Tuilagi

  1. Rey Lee-Lo

  1. Paul Perez

  1. Ken Pisi

  1. Tim Nanai-Williams

Replacements:

  1. Ole Avei

  1. Viliamu Afatia

  1. Census Johnston

  1. Faifili Levave

  1. Vavae Tuilagi

  1. Vavao Afemai

  1. Tusi Pisi

  1. George Pisi

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