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Posted Saturday, September 28th 2019

Bears trio to face Scotland in Kobe

Chris Vui and Alapati Leiua retain their starting berths for Samoa’s Pool A clash with Scotland in Kobe on Monday, with Jordan Lay once again named among the replacements.

Leiua, fresh from a sensational man of the match performance against Russia, moves from the wing to outside centre, while Vui is named on the blindside flank for the second match in succession.

Leiua replaces the suspended Rey Lee-lo, who was also given a three-match ban for a high tackle in the Russia game. Scrumhalf Melani Matavao has also come into the starting side after Dwayne Polataivao failed a head injury assessment during the game and did not recover in time to be considered for the Scotland match.

Samoa coach Steve Jackson also brought in Ray Niuia to start the game at hooker after Motu Matu’u was suspended for three matches for a high tackle during the Russia match.

Winger Belgium Tuatagaloa, who chose to represent Samoa at the tournament rather than take up a new club contract in France, will make his World Cup debut in place of Leiua.


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