Nanai-Williams debuts for Samoa

Date published: July 6 2015

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Tim Nanai-Williams will make his Test debut for Samoa at full-back in their historic clash with New Zealand on Wednesday.

The Chiefs outside back has been named by Stephen Betham in a strong Samoan side, while Census Johnston makes his return to the side at tighthead.

Ofisa Treviranus will skipper the team, which is dominated by European-based players. Only Nanai-Williams, Paul Perez and Tusi Pisi play outside Europe of the starting line-up, while replacement back Faialaga Afamasaga could make his debut and is the only homegrown player in the team.

It will be the first time the All Blacks have ever played in Apia, and Betham has warned his team to contain their enthusiasm on such a major occasion.

"They spoke about controlling the aggression. Because if we don't control that aggression, the game can fly off the handle," Betham said.

"Pressure is already there this week and the boys know that it will be even more when we go on the park but it's something that we've sat down and talked about."

Samoa: 15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Paul Perez, 12 Johnny Leota, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Kahn Fotuali'i, 8 Ofisa Treviranus (c), 7 Jack Lam, 6 Alafoti Faosiliva, 5 Kane Thompson, 4 Teofilo Paulo, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Ole Avei, 1 Sakaria Taulafo
Replacements: 16 Ma'atulimanu Leiataua, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Anthony Perenise, 19 Joe Tekori, 20 Maurie Faasavalu, 21 Pele Cowley, 22 Faialaga Afamasaga, 23 Ken Pisi

Date: Wednesday, July 8
Venue: Apia Park, Samoa
Kick-off: 15:00 local (02:00 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper

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