Shock U-turn for Samoa prop Johnston

Date published: June 30 2015

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Toulouse tighthed prop Census Johnston has been named in the Samoa squad to face New Zealand despite previously retiring.

Johnston called time on his international rugby career after signing a multi-year contract extension with the Top 14 giants.

However the experienced tighthead has been included in Samoa's 26-man squad to face the All Blacks next month.

Ofisa Treviranus will captain the side for the historic clash on July 8, with Chiefs star Tim Nanai-Williams set to make his debut.

Samoa:

Wayne Ole Avei, Ma'atulimanu Leiataua, Viliamu Afatia, Census Johnston, Anthony Perenise, Sakaria Taulafo, Kane Thompson, Teofilo Paulo, Iosefa Tekori, Faatiga Lemalu, Alafoti Faosiliva, Jack Lam, Ofisa Trevarinus, Maurie Faasavalu, TJ Ioane, Kahn Fotualii, Peleifofoga Cowley, Tusiata Pisi, Michael Stanley, Alofa Alofa, Ken Pisi, Alesana Tuilagi, Faialaga Afamasaga, Johnny Leota, Paul Perez, Tim Nanai-Williams, Ah See Tuala.

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