Three changes for Samoa
September 23, 2011
Samoa were beaten 17-10 by Wales in Hamilton © Getty Images
Samoa head coach Titimaea Tafua has named his starting line-up for Sunday's crucial Rugby World Cup Pool D clash with Fiji at Eden Park.
Tusi Pisi returns at fly-half in place of Tasesa Lavea after being forced to pull out of last weekend's defeat by Wales at the last minute.
In the pack, Census Johnston takes over at tight-head from Anthony Perenise, who drops to the bench in spite of the fact that he registered Samoa's only try against the Welsh, while Taiasina Tuifua reclaims the No.6 jersey from Ofisa Treviranus after recovering from the rib injury he sustained in the Samoa's tournament opener against Namibia.
Samoa: Paul Williams; Sailosi Tagicakibau, George Pisi, Seilala Mapusua, Alesana Tuilagi; Tusi Pisi, Kahn Fotuali'i; Sakaria Taulafo, Mahonri Schwalger (capt), Census Johnston; Daniel Leo, Kane Thompson; Taiasina Tuifua, Maurie Faasavalu, George Stowers.
Replacements: Ti'i Paulo, Anthony Perenise, Filipo Lavea Levi, Manaia Salavea, Jeremy Sua, Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu, James Sooialo.
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