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Vui and Leiua to start against Russia

Chris Vui will captain Samoa in their World Cup opener against Russia in Kumagaya on Tuesday, while Alapati Leiua starts at outside centre.

Samoa coach Vaeluaga Steve Jackson named his team on Sunday evening, with Jordan Lay named among the replacements.

"The players that have been selected deserve their selection, especially after the Australian game," Jackson said.

"Some players really put their hands up and that was what it was all about really. We want to keep consistency within the group and especially the starting fifteen. And I think we've done that - barring a few in the front row who deserve their opportunity after the Australian test."

Samoa team to face Russia
Logovii Mulipola, Motu Matuu, Michael Alaalatoa, Teofilo Paulo, Kane Le'aupepe, Chris Vui (c), TJ Ioane, Afaesetiti Amosa, Dwayne Polataivao, Tusi Pisi, Ed Fidow, Rey Lee-Lo, Alapati Leiua, Ah See Tuala, Tim Nanai-Williams. Replacements: Ray Niuia, Paul Alo-Emile, Jordan Lay, Senio Toleafoa, Josh Tyrell, Melani Matavao, AJ Alatimu, Henry Taefu.


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