Samoa select for opening Pacific Nations clash

Samoa have announced a strong squad for the forthcoming IRB Pacific Nations Cup encounter against Fiji on Saturday.

The squad contains a mixture of overseas-based players such as Brian Lima, Semo Sititi and Lome Faatau, as well as ten players based in Samoa who have been rewarded for their performances in the IRB Pacific Rugby Cup earlier in May.

Samoa host Fiji in their capital Apia this weekend in their opening match in this year’s IRB Pacific Nations Cup, which also features Tonga, Japan, Australia A and defending champions, the Junior All Blacks.


Forwards: Donald Kerslake (Upolu Samoa), Naama Leleimalefaga (Savai’i Samoa), Fosi Palaamo (Leinster), Mahonri Schwalger (Hurricanes, Super 14), Muliufi Salanoa (Upolu Samoa), Joe Tekori (Auckland NPC), Kane Thompson (Highlanders, Super 14), Leo Lafaiali’i (NEC, Japan), Filipo Levi (Highlanders, Super 14), Justin Purdie (Wellington, NPC), Ulia Ulia (Savai’i Samoa), Alapasa Cordtz (Upolu Samoa), Semo Sititi (Docomo, Japan), Alfie Toala (Bristol)
Backs: Steve So’oialo (NEC Harlequins), Notise Tauafao (Upolu Samoa), Josh Keil (Upolu Samoa), Loki Crichton (Newcastle Falcons), Brian Lima (Bristol), Gavin Williams (Connacht), Anetelea Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), David Lemi (Bristol), Esera Lauina (Savai’i Samoa), Lome Faatau (Hurricanes, Super 14), Tauvaga Faafou (Savai’i Samoa), Paletuatoa Toelupe (Upolu Samoa

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