15 Nov 2012

Samoa picks experienced lineup to take on Wales

1:16 pm on 15 November 2012

Samoa have picked an experienced side to take on Wales in their rugby international in cardiff this weekend.

Halfback Kahn Fotuali'i, who plays his club rugby for Welsh regional side the Ospreys, Maurie Fa'asvalu, a flanker with English champions Harlequins, and Worcester winger David Lemi, the Pacific Islanders' captain, are among six changes from the side that beat Canada 42-12 last weekend.

Samoa will be thirsting for revenge following their World Cup pool defeat by Wales in New Zealand last year.

Fotuali'i, in fine form for the Ospreys this season, replaced Jeremy Su'a while Fa'asavalu came in for Tivani Foma'i.

Former Sale back Paul Williams returns from injury to start in the centres, while there is no place in the XV for Robert Lilomaiava, the four-try hero of the win over Canada, with captain Lemi in the left-wing berth.

Fa'atoina Autagavaia starts at fullback with James So'oialo suspended after being found guilty of a shoulder charge against Canada, although he could still feature as the Samoa management plan to appeal against the International Rugby Board ruling.

The tourists will be looking to add to their 1991 and 1999 triumphs in Cardiff as they seek to inflict fresh misery on a Wales side smarting after last week's 26-12 Millennium Stadium defeat by Argentina.