Having to rely on a play-off win against Germany, Samoa found it very tough to qualify for Japan.

Samoa Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

It wouldn’t be a Rugby World Cup without Samoa but they found it tough to qualify. Having been overtaken by Pacific rivals Fiji and Tonga, they had to get through a two-leg play-off against Germany.

How They Qualified

After coming third in the Pacific Tri-Nations behind Fiji and Tonga, Samoa had to go into a play-off with Germany to secure their qualification for the tournament. Over the two legs the islanders proved too strong securing an aggregate win of 108-43. They have gone into Group A.

Key Players

Experienced backs Tusi Pisi and Paul Perez are vital, but it’s game-breakers like Sinoti Sinoti and beastly forwards Jack Lam, TJ Ioane and Ofisa Treviranus that fans want to see.

Rampant: Forward Jack Lam for Samoa (Getty Images)

The Coach – Steve Jackson

Samoa had re-advertised the position of head coach while Titimaea Tafua was in the hot seat. He had won only two of seven Tests in charge, but those were the vital two against Germany. High-performance manager Zane Hilton was believed to be the man to step up, but it has since been announced that Auckland Blues assistant coach, Steve Jackson, will take up the head-coaching role.

New: Steve Jackson was recently named Samoa coach (Getty Images)

Major Work-ons

Their lineout has been disastrous and on-field cohesion is always a big work-on too. They have incredible power but can they direct it?

Samoa Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

  • Saturday 27 July 2019: Samoa 25-17 Tonga
  • Saturday 3 August 2019: USA 13-10 Samoa
  • Saturday 10 August 2019: Fiji 10-3 Samoa
  • Saturday 7 September 2019: Australia v Samoa, Bankwest Stadium, Sydney, kick-off TBC

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

Samoa Rugby World Cup Group

Samoa are in Group A alongside Ireland, Scotland, Japan and Russia.

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Groups

Samoa Rugby World Cup Fixtures

  • Tue 24 Sep Russia v Samoa (Kumagaya)
  • Mon 30 Sep Scotland v Samoa (Kobe)
  • Sat 5 Oct JapanSamoa (Toyota)
  • Sat 12 Oct Ireland v Samoa (Fukuoka)

Physical: Ireland last played the big Samoans in 2013 (Getty Images)

Samoa Rugby World Cup Squad

Samoa have named their squad for the upcoming Pacific Nations Cup which we have included below. We expect the Rugby World Cup squad to look largely similar dependent on results.

Forwards (20):
Seilala Lam
Raymond Niuia
Elia Elia
Motu Matuu
James Lay
Jordan Lay
Hisa Sasagi
Paul Alo-Emile
Logovii Mulipola
Alofaaga Sao
Kane Leaupepe
Chris Vui
Senio Toleafoa
Teofilo Paulo
Jack Lam
Faifili Leavave
Henry Stowers
Piula Faasalele
Afaesetiti Amosa
Tofatuimoana Solia.

Backs (13):
Dwayne Polataivao
Peleifofoga Cowley
Auvasa Falealii
AJ Alatimu
Ulupano Seuteni
Kieron Fonotia
Henry Taefu
Alapati Leiua
Reynold Lee Lo
Ahsee Tuala
JJ Taulagi
Johnny Vailim
Belgium Tuatagaloa

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Fixtures

Previous World Cup Results and Record

Samoa’s Rugby World Cup Record: P28 W12 D0 L16

  • 1991 Quarter-finals
  • 1995 Quarter-finals
  • 1999 Quarter-final play-offs
  • 2003 Pool stages
  • 2007 Pool stages
  • 2011 Pool stages
  • 2015 Pool stages

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