9 Nov 2010

Samoa rugby rest some big names for Connacht clash

3:00 pm on 9 November 2010

Lolo Lui will captain Manu Samoa in their final hit out before Sunday morning's Northern Tour rugby clash with Ireland in Dublin.

Lui is joined by vice captain Junior Poluleuligaga in the halves with coach Fuimaono Tafua taking the match against Irish province Connacht as an opportunity to give a number of local players a run.

New Zealand based speedsters Sinoti Sinoti and Jamie Helleur have been included in the backs alongside sevens star Mikaele Pesamino.

Clermont hooker Tii Paulo provides some experience in the forward pack while high profile veterans Mahonri Schwalger, Filipo Levi and Gavin Williams are among those named on the bench.

Manu Samoa have begun their travels well after avenging their Pacific Nations Cup defeat to Japan with a 13-10 win in Tokyo.