8 Nov 2017

Sport: Samoa ring changes for crunch World Cup clash

2:23 pm on 8 November 2017

Toa Samoa have rung the changes for Saturday's decisive Rugby League World Cup clash against Scotland.

Fa'amanu Brown will partner Jarome Luai in the halves in Cairns, while Matthew Wright replaces Ken Maumalo on the wing and Frank Winterstein and Bunty Afoa will start up front in place of Leeson Ah Mau and Frank Pritchard.

Samoa's Fa'amanu Brown looks to breach the Tongan defence.

Samoa's Fa'amanu Brown looks to breach the Tongan defence. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Sam Tagataese has been named captain in Pritchard's absence, although the veteran backrower will start from the interchange bench.

After opening defeats against New Zealand and Tonga, the Toa must win their final group match to advance to the quarter finals.

Their chances were boosted when three Scottish players, including captain Danny Brough, were sent home after they were denied entry onto a flight for being too drunk.

Prop Luke Douglas will captain Scotland in their final group match.

Konrad Hurrell has been recalled to the centres for Tonga's blockbuster clash against New Zealand in Hamilton, in place of the injured Solomone Kata while Sione Katoa retains the starting hooker's berth, after being a last-minute call up against Samoa in place of from Saliva Havili.

Mate Ma'a Tonga centre Konrad Hurrell.

Mate Ma'a Tonga centre Konrad Hurrell. Photo: NRL Photos

Fiji have named an unchanged line-up for Friday night's match against Italy, although the Bati will have to contend with a Canberra return for Raiders legend Terry Campese, who's recovered from a calf injury to start at five eighth, opposite Jarryd Hayne.

Dual international Mirco Bergamasco, who played 89 rugby union tests for Italy before switching codes, has also been included in the wider squad.

Lachlan Lam is set to make his test debut.

Lachlan Lam is set to make his test debut. Photo: NRL Photos

Meanwhile Lachlan Lam will make his test debut for Papua New Guinea after being selected to start at six against the United States in Port Moresby.

The son of former Kumuls player and coach Adrian Lam replaces vice captain Ase Boas, while Moses Meninga and James Segeyaro also get a start in the front row.

Fiji squad vs Italy:

1 Kevin Naiqama (c), 2 Suliasi Vunivalu, 3 Taane Milne, 4 Akuila Uate, 5 Marcelo Montoya, 6 Jarryd Hayne, 7 Henry Raiwalui, 8 Ashton Sims, 9 Apisai Koroisau, 10 Eloni Vunakece, 11 Viliame Kikau, 12 Brayden Wiliame, 13 Tui Kamikamica, 14 Joe Lovodua, 15 Jacob Saifiti, 16 Junior Roqica, 17 Ben Nakubuwai

18 James Storer, 19 Salesi Faingaa, 20 Sitiveni Moceidreke, 21 Pio Sokobalavua

Tonga squad vs New Zealand:

1 William Hopoate, 2 Daniel Tupou, 3 Michael Jennings, 4 Konrad Hurrell, 5 David Fusitu'a, 6 Tuimoala Lolohea, 7 Mafoa'aeata Hingano, 8 Andrew Fifita,

9 Sione Katoa, 10 Sio Siua Taukeiaho, 11 Manu Ma'u, 12 Sika Manu (c), 13 Jason Taumalolo, 14 Siliva Havili, 15 Sam Moa, 16 Peni Terepo, 17 Ben Murdoch-Masila

18 Mahe Fonua, 19 Manu Vatuvei, 20 Ukuma Ta'ai, 21 Tevita Pangai Jnr

Samoa squad vs Scotland:

1 Young Tonumaipea, 2 Ricky Leutele, 3 Timoteo Lafai, 4 Joseph Leilua, 5 Matthew Wright, 6 Jarome Luai, 7 Fa'amanu Brown, 8 Junior Paulo, 9 Jazz Tevaga, 10 Herman Ese'ese, 11 Joshua Papalii, 12 Frank Winterstein, 13 Bunty Afoa, 14 Pita Godinet, 15 Joseph Paulo, 16 Leeson Ah Mau, 17 Sam Tagataese (c)

18 Frank Pritchard (c), 19 Suaia Matagi, 20 Ben Roberts, 21 Ken Maumalo

Papua New Guinea squad vs USA:

1 David Mead (c), 2 Justin Olam, 3 Kato Ottio, 4 Nene Macdonald, 5 Garry Lo, 6 Lachlan Lam, 7 Watson Boas, 8 Moses Meninga, 9 James Segeyaro,

10 Luke Page, 11 Rhyse Martin, 12 Willie Minoga, 13 Paul Aiton, 14 Kurt Baptiste, 15 Stargroth Amean, 16 Nixon Putt, 17 Thompson Teteh

18 Rod Griffin, 19 Wartovo Puara, 20 Enock Maki, 21 Ase Boas