There's been a last minute change to the Toa Samoa line-up for the Rugby League World Cup.
Tim Lafai and Frank Winterstein have been called into the squad after two unexpected changes were forced on coach Matt Parish, with Sione Mata'utia and Tautau Moga withdrawing due to injury.
After announcing their 24-man squad in Samoa on Friday morning, officials were given the belated news that Newcastle Knights skipper Mata'utia and Knights-bound Brisbane centre Moga have been ruled unfit.
Mata'utia had been told he would be fine to play in the tournament but the Samoans were advised by the Knights after further tests that he should not play following a concussion in the last NRL match of the season.
Moga has been directed to have off-season shoulder surgery.
Their replacements are two in-form NRL players from this season in Lafai, the St George Illawarra Dragons' three-quarter, and Manly back-rower Winterstein - neither of whom missed a club match in 2017.
"While it is disappointing, especially at this late stage when we were led to believe both players were fit, I am really delighted that we have such depth to bring in Frank and Tim who were both disappointed not to make the initial squad," said Parish.
Frank Pritchard was earlier named as captain in a squad which includes Canberra Raiders powerhouse Josh Papalii, who is playing for Samoa for the first time at the World Cup.
The updated Samoan squad is:
PLAYER NAME CLUB
1 Frank Pritchard (captain) Parramatta Eels
2 Bunty Afoa NZ Warriors
3 Leeson Ah Mau St George Illawarra Dragons
4 Fa'amanu Brown Cronulla Sharks
5 Herman Ese'ese Brisbane Broncos
6 Pita Godinet Manly Sea Eagles
7 Tim Lafai St George Illawarra
8 Joey Leilua Canberra Raiders
9 Ricky Leutele Cronulla Sharks
10 Sam Lisone NZ Warriors
11 Jarome Luai ** Penrith Panthers
12 Suaia Matagi Parramatta Eels
13 Peter Mata'utia Newcastle Knights
14 Ken Maumalo NZ Warriors
15 Zane Musgrave ** South Sydney Rabbitohs
16 Josh Papalii ** Canberra Raiders
17 Joseph Paulo Cronulla Sharks
18 Junior Paulo Canberra Raiders
19 Ben Roberts Castleford - UK
20 Sam Tagataese Cronulla Sharks
21 Jazz Tevaga ** NZ Warriors
22 Young Tonumaipea Melbourne Storm
23 Frank Winterstein Manly Sea Eagles
24 Matthew Wright Manly Sea Eagles