Samoa name side for Baa-baas clash

Date published: August 27 2015

Samoa have announced their line-up that will face the Barbarians at the Olympic Stadium, as they look to build momentum ahead of the World Cup.

Led by Ofisa Treviranus, the islanders have also named Maurie Faasavalu and Jack Lam in their back row for what should be an entertaining game.

Sakaria Taulafo and Anthony Perenise will pack down either side of hooker Ole Avei while Filo Paulo and Kane Thompson are Samoa's second-rows.

It's a familiar half-back pairing of Kahn Fotuali'i and Tusi Pisi while Ken Pisi plays on the left wing, with Faatoina Autagavaia named on the right.

Elsewhere, Rey Lee-Lo and Paul Perez are the midfield duo and Tim Nanai-Williams will look to threaten from full-back in the Olympic Stadium clash.

"We want to give some individuals game time and further test our combinations ahead of Rugby World Cup," said Samoa head coach Peter Betham.

"There are some who have not played since the All Blacks in Apia in July, so most of them are getting a start."

He added: "The Barbarians have an experienced side with potential Wallabies or All Blacks. They'll be out to prove a point."

Samoa: 15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 Faatoina Autagavaia, 13 Paul Perez, 12 Rey Lee-Lo, 11 Ken Pisi, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Kahn Fotuali'i, 8 Ofisa Treviranus, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Maurie Faasavalu, 5 Kane Thompson, 4 Filo Paulo, 3 Anthony Perenise, 2 Ole Avei, 1 Sakaria Taulafo.
Replacements: 16 Manu Leiataua, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Jake Grey, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Vavae Tuilagi, 21 Vavao Afemai, 22 Patrick Faapale, 23 Johnny Leota.

Date: Saturday, 29 August
Venue: Olympic Park, London
Kick-off: 15:00 local
Referee: Johnny Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Greg Garner (England), Paul Dix (England)
TMO: Sean Davey (England)