16 Sep 2011

No changes for Wales ahead of Samoa match

3:09 pm on 16 September 2011

Wales coach Warren Gatland has kept faith in the starting side which almost upset South Africa last week, naming an unchanged lineup for their crucial rugby Rugby World Cup pool match against Samoa in Hamilton on Sunday.

Wales, pipped 17-16 by the Springboks in Wellington, need to to beat Samoa to have a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Gatland made just one change to the reserves, bringing prop Gethin Jenkins in to replace Ryan Bevington on the bench.

Samoa have made one change to starting side that beat Namibia in Rotorua on Wednesday, with Ofisa Treviranus replacing the injured Taiasina Tuifua at blindside flanker.

First five Tusi Pisi, who came off in the Namibia game with a hamstring injury has been cleared to play.

Meanwhile South Africa's locking options have suffered another blow with replacement lock Johann Muller ruled out of their match against Fiji with a hamstring injury.

Loose foward Francois Louw has come into the reserves in place of Muller, while Willem Alberts will now cover the locking position should starters Danie Rossouw or Bakkies Botha get injured.

Botha will goes into Saturday's game under an injury cloud after struggling with an Achilles injury that team management earlier suggested could have ended his World Cup.

Vice-captain and lock Victor Matfield had already been ruled out of the Fiji match after he was replaced in their 17-16 victory over Wales last Sunday with a hamstring strain.