Manu Samoa named for Spain

A battered Manu Samoa has named their team to play Spain in their final Northern Hemisphere Tour game on Sunday morning. 

With tighthead prop Paul Alo-Emile having already left the team through concussion, there are fitness clouds over loosies Piula Fa’asalele and captain Jack Lam at 6 and 7.

Aana Chiefs flanker Iakopo Petelo Mapu is on standby to make his first international start, with veteran Faifili Levave bracketed at 6.

James Lay starts at prop, with Donald Brighouse promoted to the bench.

Ahsee Tuala drops out of the 23 entirely, with Jamie-Jerry Taulagi taking over at fullback and Alofa Alofa getting a start on the wing.

Henry Taefu of the Western Force comes onto the bench in cover.

The final change sees Melani Matavao retake the starting halfback role from Dwayne Polataivao, as Pele Cowley keeps his spot on the bench.

Manu Samoa:

1. Logovi’i Mulipola
2. Motu Matu’u
3. James Lay
4. Filo Paulo
5. Kane Leaupepe
6. Piula/Faifili Fa’asalele/Levave
7. Jack Lam (captain) / Iakopo Mapu
8. Ofisa Treviranus
9. Melani Matavao
10. Tusi Pisi
11. Ed Fidow
12. Rey Lee-Lo
13. Alapati Leiua
14. Alofa Alofa
15. JJ Taulagi

16. Ray Niuia
17. Donald Brighouse
18. Jordan Lay
19. Faifili / Ben Levave / Nee-nee
20. Iakopo / Faifili Mapu / Levave
21. Pele Cowley
22. D’Angelo Leuila
23. Henry Taefu

Management: Head coach: Steve Jackson
T/A: Alistair Rogers T/A: Chris Latham T/A: Ben Afeaki S&C 1: John Ashley Jones S&C 2: Luke Stephenson Video Analyst: Michael Quigley Physiotherapist: Olivia Withers HP Physio: Brett Davison Team Manager: Va’aelua Aloi Alesana

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