Samoa pick strong side for Italy

Date published: November 6 2014

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Samoa have named an experienced side to take on Italy in Ascoli on Saturday with David Lemi captaining the islanders.

Samoa have named an experienced side to take on Italy in Ascoli on Saturday with David Lemi captaining the islanders.

While there are four debutants on the bench, the starting line-up has a familiar feel to it, with nine players plying their trade in either the Aviva Premiership or the Top 14.

Lemi, of Bristol, is not one of those nine players, but he will captain the side from the left wing, while Tusi Pisi and Kahn Fotuali’i will form the half-back partnership.

A powerful back row featuring Taiasina Tuifua, Jack Lam and Piula Fa’aselele will have an important role to play but there are a few absences up front, with James Johnston out injured and his brother Census set to join up with the side next week, while Albert Anae is ruled out through suspension.

As a result, Stephen Betham has brought in four new faces among the replacements including Bordeaux-B

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