Manu Samoa have made nine changes to their starting line-up for Saturday’s Pacific Nations Cup rugby clash against Tonga, as they keep one eye on their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Jordan Lay, Seilala Lam and Viliamu Afatia form a brand new front row combination, with Logovii Mulipola out injured, while Joe Tekori joins captain Chris Vui in the second row.

TJ Ioane starts on the openside flank with Jack Lam shifting to number eight.

Dwayne Polataivao gets the nod at halfback, with Alofa Alofa replacing the injured Rey Lee-Lo at centre, in his first test appearance for three years, while veteran Paul Perez comes onto the right wing.

The ‘Ikale Tahi have brought in four new faces with one positional change to the run-on team.

Siua Halanukonuka joins the front row, with Sitiveni Mafi given the nod at blindside flanker.

Cooper Vuna makes his first appearance of the season on the left wing, after recovering from injury, while Viliami Lolohea earns his first test start on the right, with David Halaifonua shuffling across to fullback.


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