Taulafo in for Samoa
- 13 Jun 2013
The inclusion of prop Sakaria Taulafo is the only change to the Samoa starting line-up to face Italy in Nelspruit.
Taulafo takes over in the front row from Logovii Mulipola, who drops to the bench.
On the wood, hooker Ti'i Paulo starts ahead of Manu Leiataua, lock Kane Thompson comes in for Faatiga Lemalu and loose forward Piula Faasalele replaces Alafoti Faosiliva.
Prop Sam Aiono has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament with an ankle injury and has been replaced by Benjamin Sa.
Samoa – 15 James Sooialo, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Paul Williams (c), 12 John Leota, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Tusiata Pisi, 9 Jeremy Sua, 8 Taiasina Tuifua, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Ofisa Treviranus, 5 Daniel Leo, 4 Teofilo Paulo, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Wayne Ole Avei, 1 Sakaria Taulafo.
Subs: 16 Ti'i Paulo, 17 Logovii Mulipola, 18 James Johnston, 19 Kane Thompson, 20 Junior Poluleuligaga, 21 Brando Vaaulu, 22 Seilala Mapusua, 23 Piula Faasalele.
Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images
Jantjies in red-hot form
Elton Jantjies is producing world-class performances for the Lions, writes CRAIG LEWIS.
SA Rugby must curb brain drain
The loss of coaching intellect in South Africa is as damning and damaging as the ever-increasing player exodus overseas, writes CRAIG LEWIS.
To hell and back
JD Schickerling made his Super Rugby debut for the Stormers 546 days after breaking his neck in an U21 match. SIMON BORCHARDT reports.