Samoa coach Semo Sititi says the inaugural Oceania Under 20 Rugby Championship, which kicks off tomorrow, is a perfect chance to fine-tune preparations for the World Champs in Italy in June.
The Baby Manu play hosts Australia first up before taking on former world champions New Zealand, and Japan.
Semo Sititi has taken a 29-man squad to the Gold Coast and says the tournament is the final chance for players to stake a claim.
"It's a great opportunity for some of these players to showcase their talents against New Zealand and Australia, even Japan. It's great to have these tournaments just to test our character and the plans we are putting in place to make sure that it is working [and] if not then we still have time to readjust it. I want them to perform. As I said it's all a trial, it's all about getting together and doing the things that we trained".
Samoa will also play Australia in the pool phase at the World Cup, along with South Africa and Italy.