Samoa v Scotland, Apia, June 23
Samoa name strong XV for Scotland
June 21, 2012
Samoa have named a strong side for the Test against Scotland in Apia on Saturday.
There are plenty of familiar names with Worcester Warriors' David Lemi captaining the side at inside centre. Elsewhere, the Ospreys' Kahn Fotuali'i gets the nod at scrum-half with Harlequins' Maurie Fa'asavalu in the back-row. The Hurricanes Tusi Pisi is also added to the bulk of the players who helped Samoa tie up the Pacific Nations Cup last week.
Scotland captain Ross Ford is fully aware of the threats Samoa pose. "It is going to be a tough game, Samoa have got a lot of strengths, a lot of the European players are back now," said Ford. "It is a strong team that they are putting out. They are a lot more structured than Fiji, but still have the ability to break defences with their big men and good steppers.
"They will be very physical, so it will be a tough challenge, but it is one that the boys are looking forward to. A win would round the tour off well."
Samoa team to face Scotland: F Autagavaia: P Perez, F Otto, P Williams, D Lemi (c); T Pisi, K Fotualii; S Taulafo, T Paulo, C Johnston, F Lemalu, D Crichton, B Masoe, M Faasavalu, K Thompson
Replacements: W Avei, L Mulipola, I Tekori, A Aiono, J Sua , K Anufe, L Lui
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