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Samoa make one change

13th June 2013 14:39

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Samoa coach Stephen Betham has made one alteration to his starting XV for their clash with Italy as Zak Taulafo replaces Logovii Mulipola at prop.

The islanders will be looking to back up last weekend's victory over Scotland when they face the Azzurri at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

Three changes come on the bench as Clermont hooker Ti'i Paulo takes over from Manu Leiataua, lock Kane Thompson comes in for Faatiga Lemalu and uncapped loose forward Piula Faasalele will replace Alafoti Faosiliva.

Samoa: 15 James So'oialo, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Paul Williams (capt), 12 Johnny Leota, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Jeremy Sua, 8 Taiasina Tuifua, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Ofisa Treviranus, 5 Daniel Leo, 4 Teofilo Paulo, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Wayne Ole Avei, 1 Sakaria Taulafo.
Replacements: 16 Ti'i Paulo, 17 Logovii Mulipola, 18 James Johnston, 19 Kane Thompson, 20 Junior Poluleuligaga, 21 Brando Vaaulu, 22 Seilala Mapusua, 23 Piula Faasalele.

Date: Saturday, June 15
Kick-off: 14:15 local
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: John Lacey (Ireland), Tiaan Jonker (South Africa)
Television match official: Gerrie Coetzee (South Africa)
Assessor: Nigel Williams

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