RWC start yet to sink in for Stanley

Date published: September 24 2015

New Samoa fly-half Michael Stanley admits that it hasn't quite sunk in that he will be starting a Rugby World Cup game for the first time.

Stanley has been named ahead of veteran Tusi Pisi for Samoa's game with South Africa this weekend.

The 25-year-old Ulster player believes that the whole experience won't truly sink in until after the tournament.

“It hasn’t actually quite hit me yet that it’s the World Cup, it just feels like another game after game after game.

"But I think once it’s all over then I’ll look back and think, ‘S**t, I actually played in a World Cup’."

Stanley is prepared for the physicality he knows the Springboks will bring to the table during Saturday's game at Villa Park in Birmingham, with several ball carriers likely to be coming his way.

“Any South African team, you know what they are going to bring," Stanley added.

"You have to step your physicality up a notch because they are going to come cruising down those tight channels, but we will be looking to play our own game and see what we can do.”