5 Sep 2015

Sport: Every position up for grabs - Manu coach

8:31 am on 5 September 2015

Manu Samoa coach Stephen Betham says no player is guaranteed a starting spot for their Rugby World Cup opener against the United States.

The Manu round out their tournament preparations against English Premiership club Wasps in Coventry Sunday morning.

10 changes have been made to the run-on team that lost to the Barbarians, in an effort to give all players some game-time and a chance to press for selection.

Stephen Betham says the players know they can't rest on their laurels.

"Right now 1-15 is up for grabs. Like I said from the start we looked at the 31 we bring across and we trust everyone. At the end of the day it's an open door for everyone and we're going to field the best team and the most fittest team and the most injury-free team. It's going to be the strongest team we could put out on the park is the team we're going to play against USA."

Stephen Betham says excitement is building ahead of the World Cup but it's important to remain focused on getting a good result in the game this weekend.

Manu Samoa head coach Stephen Betham.

Manu Samoa head coach Stephen Betham. Photo: PHOTOSPORT