Ospreys scrum-half to face Wales
OSPREYS scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i will be eyeing bragging rights over his Liberty team-mates after being picked in Samoa's starting line-up to face Wales in Cardiff on Friday night.
Fotuali'i has been in impressive form for the Pro12 champions this season, ousting Rhys Webb as first-choice in Steve Tandy's side.
The former Crusaders star takes over from Jeremy Su'a as one of six changes to the side that thumped Canada 42-12 in Colwyn Bay last weekend.
Even without powerhouse pair Alesana Tuilagi, the ex-Leicester Tigers wing, and Seilala Mapusua, formerly of London Irish, there are plenty of familiar and threatening names in the Samoa line-up.
Wing David Lemi, now with Worcester, captains the side, while flanker Maurie Fa'asavalu (Harlequins) and centre George Pisi (Northampton) are among those currently playing in the Aviva Premiership.
Former Sale back Paul Williams returns from injury to start in the centre, but there is no place in the starting line-up for Robert Lilomaiava, who claimed four tries against Canada.
Full-back James So'oialo is suspended after being found guilty of a shoulder charge against Canada, although Samoa are planning on appealing.
The Samoans have their sights set on a hat-trick of Cardiff upsets to go with their 1991 and 1999 World Cup shocks, as well as revenge for their World Cup defeat in Hamilton last year.
"In our squad we have ten of the team who played for us then as well as five more who did not get on the pitch that day but played later on against South Africa," said coach Stephen Betham. "They will all bring a lot of experience into this game."