Fotuali'i in for much-changed Samoa

12th Jun 2014, 18:32

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Starts: Kahn Fotuali'i

Starts: Kahn Fotuali'i

Samoa have made a handful of changes to their starting line-up that will tackle Italy in an international match at Apia Park on Saturday.

Samoa have made a handful of changes to their starting line-up that will take on Italy in an international match at Apia Park in Apia on Saturday.

George Pisi, Kahn Fotuali'i, Ofisa Treviranus, Daniel Leo, Faatiga Lemalu, James Johnston and Ti'i Paulo have all earned calls for the game.

Pisi will join Alapati Leiua in their midfield while Fotuali'i is alongside Tusi Pisi in the half-backs, with Kane Thompson shifting from lock to eight.

Leicester prop Mulipola moves from tighthead to loosehead so there is a spot for Johnston and Clermont hooker Paulo in the starting line-up.

Samoa: 15 Faatoina Autagavaia, 14 Fautua Otto, 13 George Pisi, 12 Alapati Leiua, 11 David Lemi (capt), 10 Tusiata Pisi, 9 Kahn Fotuali'i, 8 Kane Thompson, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Ofisa Treviranus, 5 Daniel Leo, 4 Faatiga Lemalu, 3 James Johnston, 2 Tii Paulo, 1 Logovii Mulipola.
Replacements: 16 Wayne Ole Avei, 17 Census Johnston, 18 Sakaria Taulafo, 19 Maurie Fa'asavalu, 20 Piula Fa'asalele, 21 Patrick Fa'apale, 22 Vavao Afemai, 23 Johnny Leota.

Date: Saturday, June 14
Kick-off: 14:00 local (02:00 BST, 01:00 GMT)
Venue: Apia Park, Apia
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees (Australia), James Leckie (Australia)