Euro Samoans to face Boks

Samoan head coach Michael Jones has named a team containing several European-based players, to play South Africa in their opening World Cup Pool A match at Parc des Princes, Paris, on Sunday.

Leicester wing Alesana Tuilagi starts, while Bristol’s David Lemi features in the full-back position and Bath centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu wears the number 10 shirt.

Up front, the pack includes Saracens prop Cencus Johnston and Wasps flanker Daniel Leo as Samoa prepare to tackle the Pool A favourites.

Harlequins hooker Tani Fuga, who was drafted into the squad as a replacement for injured lock Felipo Levi earlier this week, features on the bench, where he is joined by Sale Sharks centre Elvis Seveali’i, Worcester fly-half Loki Crichton and ex-Bristol back Brian Lima.

Samoa: 15 David Lemi, 14 Lome Fa’atau, 13 Gavin Williams, 12 Jerry Meafou, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, 9 Junior Polu, 8 Henry Tuilagi, 7 Semo Sititi (c), 6 Daniel Leo, 5 Kane Thompson, 4 Joe Tekori, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Justin Va’a.
Replacements: 16 Tanielu Fuga, 17 Kas Lealamanua, 18 Alfie Vaeluaga, 19 Justin Purdie, 20 Elvis Seveali’i, 21 Loki Crichton, 22 Brian Lima.

Date: Sunday, 9 September
Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris
Kick-off: 16:00 (15:00 BST)
Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Chris White (England), Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)
Television match official: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Assessor: Steve Hilditch (Ireland)


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