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Stars return

Emoni Narawa In Tokyo, Japan
Sunday, June 10, 2012

MANU Samoa rugby coach Stephen Betham has maintained a low profile heading into their deciding match against Fiji in round two of the Pacific Nation's Cup at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium today.

Betham has recalled two 2011 Rugby World Cup stars, Maurie Faasavalu and Paul Williams, to his starting lineup with the hope of being the first Island nation to win the PNC title twice.

They laid their hands on the Csup two years ago at Apia Park and history could repeat itself if they stop the Flying Fijians this afternoon.

The return of Fa'asavalu will add firepower to their forwards and sevens star Alafoti Faosiliva's physicality will be interesting to watch against Fiji's rugged defence, which stood out against Japan.

Fa'asavalu and Faosiliva will have the responsibility of destroying Fiji launching attacks from rucks.

Betham says Fiji are the favourites and will be tough but they are prepared. He has made positional changes to his starting XV.

Fa'asavalu, Fautua Otto, Paul Williams, and James Johnston joined camp earlier this week after being released from their clubs in Europe.

Paul Williams will pair Lolo Lui in the midfield while Faatoina Autagavaia gets another shot in the number 15 jersey. Inside centre Ki Anufe will be first receiver while Paul Perez will pair skipper David Lemi on the wing. Jeremy Sua will start at 9 with Galuega Falemoe moving to the bench.

"Our main focus is rebuilding our team for the next World Cup."


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