1 Aug 2014

Sport: Manusina determined to show worth at Women's World Cup

11:14 am on 1 August 2014

Samoa coach Euini Lale Faumuina insists his team has no intention of simply making up the numbers at the Women's Rugby World Cup, which kicks off in Paris on Saturday morning.

The Manusina qualified for the World Cup last April and take on title contenders England in their first match, before rounding out the pool phase against Canada and Spain.

Faumuina says his players are ready for the business end of the campaign.

"We need to be prepared and hit the ground running against them - I think they're actually ranked number one at the moment. We are quite familiar that they are a very strong team, a team that's probably favoured to win the World Cup. We're not here to try and make up numbers. We're here to compete well and hopefully give the World Cup a good tilt".

Meanwhile the four-time defending champions New Zealand, who thrashed Samoa 90-12 in June, begin their campaign against Kazakhstan on Friday night.