25 Nov 2016

Sport: Manu Samoa make eight changes

10:03 am on 25 November 2016

Manu Samoa have rung the changes for their final Northern Tour match against Canada, with eight new faces in the starting fifteen.

Sakaria Taulafo and Elia Elia start in the front row, with Taiasina Tuifua and Chris Vui the new locking combination.

It will be a just a second test appearance for Vui after the 23 year old made his debut against France.

"It's a lot quicker. You ask any international player - the quality of every player 1-15 on that pitch is top quality and everything is just a lot faster, you've got to think a lot quicker," he said.

"The time we played the French I felt really comfortable actually and I think that was just down to good preparation but at this level you've just got to be on point and you can't give away any chink in your armour and so on. It's just real quality rugby."

Chris Vui wins a lineout on test debut for Manu Samoa against France.

Chris Vui wins a lineout on test debut for Manu Samoa against France. Photo: AFP

Elsewhere, Genesis Mamea has been named at number eight, with Alafoti Fa'osiliva moving to the blindside flank.

Nineteen-year-old D'angelo Leuila gets his first start at number 10, with Winston Stanley outside him and Ken Pisi on the right wing.

The bench has also been reshuffled with Ahsee Tuala, Danny Tusitala included and Opetera Peleseumais and Nephi Leatigaga a chance to make their test debut.

Manu Samoa head coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia.

Manu Samoa head coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia. Photo: Renee McKay/SRU

Head coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia said there was a heavy injury toll from their defeat against Georgia, with Manu Leiataua, Teofilo Paulo, Jack Lam and Rey Lee-Lo all unavailable and Paul Williams still out with concussion.

"A lot of experience is lost, but as always, this presents opportunities for new players which will build and test our depth," he said.

"A number of changes have been made to our playing 23 however I believe in these players to do the job.

"Canada is a team we have a lot of respect for. Our latest encounters have always been close and we know they have been targeting us for some time now.

"It is a must win game, for our people, our fans and most importantly ourselves. No one feels the losses more than the players, our changing room last weekend was evidence of that."

Manu Samoa team:

1. Sakaria Taulafo

2. Elia Elia

3. Logovii Mulipola

4. Taiasina Tuifua

5. Chris Vui

6. Alafoti Faosiliva

7. Greg Foe

8. Genesis Mamea-Lemalu

9. Kahn Fotualii

10. D'angelo Leuila

11. David Lemi (Captain)

12. Winston Stanley

13. Paul Perez

14. Ken Pisi

15. Albert Nikoro

16. Seilala Lam

17. Nephi Leatigaga

18. Census Johnston

19. Jeff Lepa

20. Oneone Faafou

21. Danny Tusitala

22. Opetera Peleseuma

23. Ahsee Tuala