Two changes for Samoa against Ireland after Japan defeat

Loose-head prop Logovii Mulipola and second-row Teofilo Paulo return to the starting XV, while back division remains the same.

TOKYO, 10 Oct - Samoa coach Vaeluaga Steve Jackson has made just two changes to his side to take on Ireland on Saturday.

Loose-head prop Logovii Mulipola, above, and second-row Teofilo Paulo return to the starting XV having sat out the 38-19 defeat by Japan. They replace Jordan Lay and Piula Faasalele, who drop to the bench.

It means the Lam brothers - hooker Seilala, and captain and number eight, Jack - will start a second successive World Cup game alongside one another.

Jackson keeps faith with the same back division that started against Japan, but he will hope one or two others come to the party in Fukuoka after centre Henry Taefu contributed all 19 points (one try, one conversion, four penalties) on his own against the hosts.


1. Logovii Mulipola
2. Seilala Lam
3. Michael Alaalatoa
4. Teofilo Paulo
5. Kane Le'aupepe
6. Chris Vui
7. TJ Ioane
8. Jack Lam (capt.)
9. Dwayne Polataivao
10. Ulupano Seuteni
11. Ed Fidow
12. Henry Taefu
13. Alapati Leiua
14. Ah See Tuala
15. Tim Nanai-Williams 

16. Ray Niuia
17. Paul Alo-Emile
18. Jordan Lay
19. Piula Faasalele
20. Josh Tyrell
21. Pele Cowley
22. Tusi Pisi
23. Kieron Fonotia

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