Samoans wing their way to Edinburgh with a prayer
October 18, 1999
The deeply religious 170,000 population of Samoa are being urged to help their side toward a quarter final berth by praying for success.
And it might be needed as the south sea islanders have lost three key players ahead of Wednesday's play off with Scotland.
A radio station in Apia has urged supporters to remember the side in their prayers ahead of the crunch game against the Scots, who put the Samoans out at the quarter final stage in 1991, and Samoan 'ex-pats' in New Zealand and the USA have also taken up the cause.
However the Samoans will be without three of their top players ahead of Wednesday's game.
Flanker Junior Paramore, wing Afato So'oala and prop Kepi Faiva'ai are all injured and will take no further part in the tournament.