Hurricanes Lam & Leiua to make Samoa debut

Hurricanes pair Jack Lam and Alapati Leiua will make their debut for Samoa Saturday in a four-nation tournament Test against Scotland.

The Pacific islanders feature in the first half of a Durban international double-header with South Africa meeting Italy in the main attraction at Kings Park.

Flank Lam, a cousin of former All Black Pat Lam, and right wing Leiua are among nine changes from the team beaten 22-14 by France in the last Samoan Test appearance seven months ago.

Centre Johnny Leota, fly-half Tusi Pisi, tight-head prop Census Johnston, lock Filo Paulo, flank Ofiso Treviranus and No. 8 Taiasina Tuifu’a survive from the Paris starting line-up.

Coach Stephen Becham included two other uncapped players — hooker Manu Leiatua from New Zealand outfit North Harbour and Tokyo Gas centre Brando Va’aulu among the eight replacements.

Paul Williams, a son of All Blacks wing legend Bryan Williams, was chosen at outside centre after playing at full-back last weekend in a 74-14 thrashing from South African province Golden Lions.

After the Scottish Test, Samoa play Italy on June 15 in north-eastern city Nelspruit and a tournament classification match on June 22 in Pretoria.

Samoa

James So’oialo; Alapati Leiua, Paul Williams (capt), Johnny Leota, Alesana Tuilagi; Tusi Pisi, Jeremy Su’a; Taiasina Tuifu’a, Jack Lam, Ofisa Treviranus; Daniel Leo, Filo Paulo; Census Johnston, Ole Avei, Logovi’i Mulipola

Replacements:Manu Leiatua, Sakaria Taulafo, James Johnston, Faatiga Lemalu, Alafoti Fa’osiliva, Junior Poluleuligaga, Brando Va’aulu, Seilala Mapusua

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