10th December 09:39 PM
4 players that started last weekend's loss against USA retain their places for Samoa
By Semi Turaga
Friday 09/08/2019
Samoa before their match against USA last weekend [Photo:Samoaglobalnews]

Only four of the players that started last weekend's 13‑10 loss to the USA retain their places for Samoa in their match against the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians tomorrow.

Filo Paulo remains in the second‑row while TJ Ioane moves from openside to number eight.

In the backs, outside centre Kieron Fonotia and full‑back Ahsee Tuala survive the cut.

Logovi'i Munipola, Motu Matu'u and Paul Alo Emile form an all‑new front‑row partnership and Kane Leaupepe joins Paulo in the second row.

Jack Lam captains Samoa for the fourth time at openside and Chris Vui packs down on the other flank.

Dwayne Polataivao and Ulu-pano Seuteni are the half‑backs, Reynold Lee‑Lo makes up the midfield with Fonotia and Belgium Tuatagaloa and Alapati Leiua line up on the wings.

This is the 52nd meeting between Fiji and Samoa.

Fiji lead the head‑to‑head 28‑20 with three draws.

Fiji have won the last four meetings since a 30‑30 draw in 2015. Samoa’s last win in the fixture came at ANZ Stadium in 2014. The Flying Fijians face Samoa at 7.15pm tomorrow at the ANZ Stadium. You can catch the live commentary on our sister station Viti FM on 92.2FM.


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