Samoa make four changes for second Autumn Test - Ruck

Samoa make four changes for second Autumn Test

Samoa head coach Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua has made four changes to his starting line-up to take on Romania in Bucharest on Saturday.

There is just one alteration to the backline which started in last weekend’s 44-38 defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield with Dwayne Polataivao replacing Pele Cowley at scrum-half.


The other changes are in the forwards with veteran back-row Ofisa Treviranus returning to the run-on side at number eight in place Jack Lam, who moves to the openside flank where he takes over from TJ Ioane.

Meanwhile, Faatiga Lemalu comes in at lock in place of Josh Tyrell while Motu Matu’u starts at hooker with Manu Leiataua dropping down to the replacements bench.

Second-row Chris Vui will captain the side again.

Samoa: 15 Ah See Tuala, 14 Paul Perez, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Reynold Lee-Lo, 11 David Lemi, 10 Tim Nanai-Williams, 9 Dwayne Polataivao, 8 Ofisa Treviranus, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Piula Faasalele, 5 Chris Vui (c), 4 Faatiga Lemalu, 3 Donald Brighouse, 2 Motu Matu’u, 1 Jordan Lay
Replacements: 16 Manu Leiataua, 17 James Lay, 18 Hisa Sasagi, 19 Brandon Nansen, 20 Maurie Faasavalu, 21 Melani Matavao, 22 Jj Taulagi, 23 Alapati Leiua
Date: Saturday, November 18
Venue: Stadionul Arcul de Triumph, Bucharest, Bucharest
Kick-off: 18:00 local (16:00 GMT)
Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Mike Adamson (Scotland), Shota Tevzadze (Georgia)
TMO: Neil Paterson (Scotland)