Manu Samoa makes two changes for final World Cup game against Ireland

Manu Samoa fans behind the team in Japan


FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER 2019: Manu Samoa Head Coach, Vaeluagaomatagi Steve Jackson is making only two changes to the forward pack which started against Japan in Samoa’s final World Cup match against Ireland this Saturday 2 October at Level 5 Stadium, Fukuoka.

“We thought Jordan Lay played extremely well against Japan. But we’ve gone for Logovi’i Mulipola this week to just give that little bit of certainty at scrum time. Jordan is fantastic around the field and we’ll probably give away a little in that area. But we just want to make sure our set piece is strong and solid,” said Jackson.

“As we know, the Irish are going to be tough in that area, so Teofilo Paulo has come in for Pilula Fa’asalele – who will drop to the bench. But that’s just about the need to have some height through our line-out to be able to compete with Ireland’s height. And to have an out and out lock partnering Kane Le’aupepe just gives us that good balance in our set piece – especially at scrum time.”

The Manu Samoa back line is unchanged from that which started against Japan.

“I think UJ Seuteni is starting to prove that he’s an international first five and I think he showed that against Japan and then he transitioned to fullback. Henry Taefu took over the kicking duties last week and the performance that he put in was massive – so it’s good to have that consistency in the back line.”

With Ireland chasing a bonus point win and Manu Samoa determined to complete their Rugby World Cup journey on a high – Saturday night’s clash in Fukuoka is shaping up to be an entertaining spectacle.

Manu Samoa Team

  1. Logovi’i Mulipola (32 Tests)
  2. Seilala Lam (15 Tests)
  3. Michael Alaalatoa (4 Tests)
  4. Teofilo Paulo (36 Tests)
  5. Kane Le’aupepe (8 Tests)
  6. Chris Vui (26 Tests)
  7. TJ Ioane (24 Tests)
  8. Jack Lam (c) (37 Tests)
  9. Dwayne Polataivao (12 Tests)
  10. UJ Seuteni (5 Tests)
  11. Ed Fidow (11 Tests)
  12. Henry Taefu (6 Tests)
  13. Alapati Leiua (31 Tests)
  14. Ah See Tuala (22 Tests)
  15. Tim Nanai-Williams (15 Tests)

16. Ray Niuia (7 Tests)
17. Paul Alo-Emile (16 Tests)
18. Jordan Lay (18 Tests)
19. Piula Fa’asalele (20 Tests)
20. Josh Tyrell (10 Tests)
21. Pele Cowley (14 Tests)
22. Tusi Pisi (44 Tests)
23. Kieron Fonotia (11 Tests)