Matt Parish has named his 17 for Samoa’s clash with England in the Rugby League World Cup semi-final today at the Emirates Stadium in London.
Parish is without former Huddersfield Giants man Danny Levi as well as former Super League transfer target previously subject to interest from Leeds Rhinos and others Martin Taupau.
As expected, Levi’s replacement at nine is former Featherstone Rovers star Fa’amanu Brown who now plies his trade at Wests Tigers in the NRL.
He is accustomed to success in London having won the 1895 Cup Final in Wembley last year with the Rovers against York.
He got over for a try earlier in the World Cup against Greece.
That fixture, in the wake of an injury nightmare against England in game one, saw Tim Lafai make his first appearance of the tournament after not being named in the initial 24-man squad and only being drafted in due to injuries.
He has been a main stay at centre since but hasn’t been joined by Salford Red Devils teammate Ken Sio just yet.
The winger hasn’t been named in the 17 today either but is the 18th man meaning that if there are three failed Head Injury Assessments for Samoa today he could still have a part to play in the game as could Wigan Warriors’ Kai Pearce-Paul who occupies this role for England.
Hull FC’s Ligi Sao is also set to play starting in the second row having played every game but the opener at St James’ Park.