Pisi starts for Samoa

Date published: June 16 2016

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Samoa have named their side that will face off with Fiji in Suva as they look to get their Pacific Nations Cup campaign started with a win.

After drawing 19-19 with Georgia last week, Samoa will hope to make up the lost ground on the Fijians, who beat Tonga in their tournament opener.

In team news fly-half Tusi Pisi and blindside flanker Faifili Levave return to the starting line-up, the former taking the place of Patrick Fa'apale.

Former Sevens player Greg Foe makes his Test debut at openside flank while Sakaria Taulafo is named at loosehead alongside James Johnston.

Samoa: 15 Albert Nikoro, 14 Faatoina Autagavaia, 13 Reynold Lee-Lo, 12 Faialaga Afamasaga, 11 David Lemi (c), 10 Tusiata Pisi, 9 Dwayne Polataivao, 8 Alafoti Faosiliva, 7 Greg Foe, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Teofilo Paulo, 4 Faatiga Lemalu, 3 James Johnston, 2 Motu Matuu, 1 Sakaria Taulafo
Replacements: 16 Maatulimanu Leiataua, 17 Sam Aiono, 18 Census Johnston, 19 Jeff Lepa, 20 TJ Ioane, 21 Pelefofoga Cowley, 22 Patrick Faapale, 23 Malu Falaniko

Date: Saturday, June 18
Venue: ANZ National Stadium, Suva
Kick-off: 15:00 local (03:00 GMT)
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: JP Doyle (England), James Leckie (Australia)

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