EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Tim Nanai-Williams will start at flyhalf for Samoa for the first time, as coach Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua named two uncapped forwards in their starting line-up for Saturday’s test against Scotland at Murrayfield.
Nanai-Williams has only featured at fullback since his debut for Samoa two years ago and for his Counties Manukau side in New Zealand, but he has been paired with Pele Cowley as the scrumhalf makes his first appearance for the national side since June last year.
They take the place of injured duo Kahn Fotuali‘i and Auvasa Faleali‘i who have been ruled out of the November tour, which also includes tests against Romania and England.
Loosehead prop Donald Brighouse will start his first test at tighthead with North Harbour lock Josh Tyrell to debut beside captain Chris Vui, who is among seven British-based players in the starting line-up.
Team: 15-Ah See Tuala, 14-Paul Perez, 13-Kieron Fonotia, 12-Rey Lee-Lo, 11-David Lemi, 10-Tim Nanai-Williams, 9-Pele Cowley, 8-Jack Lam, 7-TJ Ioane, 6-Piula Fa‘asalele, 5-Chris Vui (captain), 4-Josh Tyrell, 3-Donald Brighouse, 2-Manu Leiataua, 1-Jordan Lay.
Reserves: 16-Motu Matu‘u, 17-James Lay, 18-Hisa Sasagi, 19-Fa‘atiga Lemalu, 20-Ofisa Treviranus, 21-Melani Matavao, 22-AJ Alatimu, 23-Alapati Leiua.
Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Christian Radnedge