Rugby World Cup
Samoa name Rugby World Cup squad
ESPN Staff
August 11, 2015

Manu Samoa are the first team to name their Rugby World Cup squad, with Ofisa Treviranus leading a 31-man roster featuring a number of island-based players as well as Super Rugby stars.

Samoa have enjoyed a solid build-up for the showpiece tournament, hosting New Zealand in the All Blacks' first Test in the Pacific Islands before reaching the Pacifica Nations Cup final, which they lost 39-29 to Fiji.

"We've had some challenges with injuries ruling out valuable players such as James Johnston, Pele Cowley & David Lemi," Samoa coach Stephen Betham said of the selection.

"This has been an incredibly difficult selection process. We have had to leave behind some excellent players. We cannot take everyone, and there is comfort in knowing that we have depth should we need to call on it."

Props: Viliamu Afatia, Jake Grey, Logovii Mulipola, Anthony Perenise, Sakaria Taulafo

Hookers: Wayne Ole Avei, Ma'atulimanu Leiataua, Motu Matu'u

Locks: Faatiga Lemalu, Teofilo Paulo, Kane Thompson, Iosefa Tekori

Back-row: Maurie Faasavalu, Alafoti Faosiliva, TJ Ioane, Jack Lam, Vavae Tuilagi, Ofisa Treviranus (captain)

Half-backs: Vavao Afemai, Kahn Fotualii

Fly-halfs: Patrick Fa'apale, Tusiata Pisi, Mike Stanley

Midfield: Rey Lee Lo, Johnny Leota, George Pisi, Paul Perez

Outside backs: Fa'atoina Autagavaia, Ken Pisi, Tim Nanai-Williams, Alesana Tuilagi (vice captain)

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