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Samoa, Italy to outwit each other

Flyhalf Tusi Pisi will be the key player for Manu Samoa today in Apia. Photo: Planet Rugby

Flyhalf Tusi Pisi will be the key player for Manu Samoa today in Apia. Photo: Planet Rugby

After rusty performances last weekend, both Samoa and Italy will be out to prove a point when they do battle in Apia today.

Tonga shocked Samoa in Apia, when they claimed a late 18-18 draw, and Italy’s three-Test tour got off to a poor start when they suffered a 25-14 defeat to Fiji in Suva.

Apart from that draw against Tonga, Samoa – albeit without several of their overseas-based players – also suffered a 33-14 defeat to Japan in Tokyo last month.

They also faced Tonga with several first-choice players on the bench but have recalled world class Northampton Saints duo Kahn Fotuali’i and George Pisi to their back-line while London Irish bruiser Ofisa Treviranus Saracens prop James Johnston and Clermont hooker Ti’i Paulo also return to the run-on side to bolster the pack.

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