Manu Samoa makes four changes to play Georgia

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Head Coach Steve Jackson has made four changes to the Manu Samoa line up as the climb gets tougher against 14th ranked Georgia that beat Manu Samoa infront of a home crowd at Apia Park last year.

Jackson has brought in flanker Piula Fa’asalele and half back Dwayne Polata’ivao to start in the second match of their Northern Rugby Tour after last week’s 30-29 frustrating loss to the USA Eagles.

The tight five to start in Tbilisi remains from last week however Motu Matu’u is yet to be cleared to play and is been bracketed with Manu Leiataua, with Ray Niuia to come into the match day squad if he fails to recover in time.

Thirty-year-old Fa’asalele starts on the blindside flank, opposite captain Jack Lam, with Josh Tyrell shifting to number eight in place of Faifili Levave, who drops to the bench.

Polata’ivao will partner veteran first five Tusi Pisi while Auckland halfback Pele Cowley takes his place on the bench. Harlequins number eight Mat Luamanu and wing Alofa Alofa are also poised to make an impact off the bench after being called into the squad as injury replacements.

Manu Samoa:
1. Logovi’i Mulipola, 2. Motu Matu’u/Manu Leiataua, 3. Paul Alo-Emile, 4. Kane Leaupepe, 5. Filo Paulo, 6. Piula Fa’asalele, 7. Jack Lam (c), 8. Josh Tyrell, 9. Dwayne Polataivao, 10. Tusi Pisi, 11. JJ Taulagi, 12. Alapati Leiua, 13. Rey Lee-Lo, 14. Ed Fidow, 15. Ah See Tuala.

Reserves: Manu Leiataua/Ray Niuia, Jordan Lay, James Lay, Mat Luamanu, Faifili Levave, Pele Cowley, D’Angelo Leuila, Alofa Alofa.