29 Oct 2014

Sport: Samoa and NZ name league sides for weekend

12:35 pm on 29 October 2014
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Toa Samoa Coach Matt Parish has made three changes to the side that narrowly lost to England in their opening Four Nations encounter for this weeks game against New Zealand.

Tim Lafai comes in for Ricky Leutele in the centres and Issac Liu and Pita Godinet join captain David Fa'alogo in the front row.

West Tigers forward Sauaso Sue makes a return to the squad after being stood down along with Reni Maitua and Tautau Moga for the opening weekend for disciplinary reasons.

Warriors prop Suaia Matagi is poised to play his first test for the NZ Kiwis against his old team-mates on Saturday.

The Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney has stuck largely to the line-up that defeated Australia 30-12 in Brisbane.

Matagi, who represented Samoa at last year's Rugby League World Cup, is the only rookie in the playing line-up this week, replacing Greg Eastwood on the bench.

Hooker Issac Luke returns in place of Thomas Leuluai, after serving a two-game suspension.

The only other change from victory over the Kangaroos comes on the wing, where Manu Vatuvei replaces Gerard Beale.

Meanwhile Australia has named Samoan teenager Sione Mata'utia on the wing to make his debut against England. Mata'utia, who is 18, will become the youngest ever Australian international.

Toa Samoa: Tim Simona, Antonio Winterstein, Tim Lafai, Joey Leilua, Daniel Vidot, Ben Roberts, Kyle Stanley, Isaac Liu, Pita Godinet, David Fa'alogo (c), Frank Pritchard, Leeson Ah Mau, Josh McGuire. Interchange: Dunamis Lui, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Sauaso Sue, Mose Masoe. Reserves: Dominique Peyroux, Penani Manumalealii.