Samoa make three changes

Date published: July 13 2017

Samoa have made three changes in the forwards while the backline remains unchanged for their Pacific Nations Cup clash with Fiji on Saturday.

Getting his first start for Samoa is Bay of Plenty prop Jordan Lay. Lay's brother James is on the bench and will debut if gets on the field.

The other two changes sees young hooker Elia Elia get a start and experienced flanker Jack Lam returns from injury

Head Coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia said he has selected a team he believes can counter a strong Fijian side that will be full of confidence.

"We have had a couple of disruptions with players in and out, but the team has continued seamlessly with its preparations this week.

"The entire squad have rallied together strongly to ensure we can put our best performance forward after our narrow loss against Tonga," he said.

Ieremia said the team has gone about their work quietly understanding the enormity and significance of the game.

"We are clear on the requirements to get a much needed result, so it's the process and preparation that is our absolute focus against a very good Fijian side."

Samoa: 15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Reynold Lee-Lo, 11 David Lemi (c), 10 Tusiata Pisi, 9 Kahn Fotualii, 8 Faifili Levave, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Piula Faasalele, 5 Faatiga Lemalu, 4 Chris Vui, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Elia Elia, 1 Jordan Lay
Replacements: 16 Seilala Lam, 17 Nephi Leatigaga, 18 James Lay, 19 Galu Taufale, 20 Vavae Tuilagi, 21 Auvasa Falealii, 22 D'Angelo Leuila, 23 Ahsee Tuala

Date: Saturday, July 15
Venue: Apia Park, Samoa
Kick-Off: 14:00 local (01:00 GMT)
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Marius Mitrea (Italy), Nick Briant (New Zealand)