Manu Samoa head coach Steve Jackson has rung the changes for his side’s Pacific Nations Cup clash with the United States in Suva tomorrow.
All in all, 10 changes have been made to the starting lineup, with Sale Sharks loose forward TJ Ioane and veteran lock Filo Paulo the only survivors in the forwards from last week’s 25-17 win over Tonga in Apia last week.
The new-look front row consists of the the Lay brothers, loosehead Jordan and tighthead James, while Perpignan hooker Seilala Lam has been sandwiched between them to replace the experienced Motu Matu’u.
Pairing up with Paulo in the second row is Nevers lock Senio Toleafoa, who made his international debut last week and will accompany fellow international rookie Henry Stowers in the pack.
Tomorrows match in the Fijian capital will be Stowers’ first foray in the test arena following some impressive performances for the Western Force in the Global Rapid Rugby showcase series.
He takes the blindside flanker role off of regular skipper Chris Vui, and will link up with Ioane and Piula Fa’asalele to form a promising back row trio.
In the backline, there’s a fresh halves duo, with 11-test Ponsonby halfback Pele Cowley and Western Force first-five AJ Alatimu coming into the team in place of Auvasa Faleali’i and UJ Seutini.
There are also a pair of new faces in the midfield, with star names Ray Lee-Lo and Alapati Leiua rotated out of the side to allow Force second-five Henry Taefu and Scarlets centre Kieron Fonotia their first runs of the international campaign.