jenson

Samoa the favourites?

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Frank Pritchard is out of the mid-season test, but eligibility changes give Samoa their strongest squad ever. England as underdogs? 

Samoa could give the whole World Cup a shake if they can develop some of these combinations. 

Shout out if I've missed any:

1. Young Tonumaipea
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Joey Leilua  
4. Tim Lafai 
5. Antonio Winterstein
6. Ben Roberts
7. Anthony Milford
8. Sam Kasiano
9. Kaysa Pritchard
10. Junior Paulo
11. Sia Soliola 
12. Sione Mata'utia
13. Josh McGuire

14. Leeson Ah Mau 
15. Jesse Sue
16. Issac Liu
17. Nu Brown

Leilua, McGuire seem most likely to get Aussie call-ups. Kasiano might get NZ interest. But there's plenty of depth.

NRL:
Pat Vai Vai, Kirisome Au'ava, Frank Winterstein, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Bunty Afoa, Sam Lisone, Ken Maumalo, Peter Mata'utia, Pat Mata'utia, Chanel Mata'utia, Daniel Vidot, Matt Wright, Peta Godinet, Erin Clark, Mason Lino

SL: 
Krisnan Inu, Harrison Hanson, Willie Isa, Junior Moors, Lama Tasi. Thomas Lealuai has Samoan heritage so might be a veteran presence if overlooked by NZ. 

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Not a bad halves partnership 

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1 hour ago, MatthewWoody said:

Not a bad halves partnership 

They didn't have much of a choice of halves when they played in the 4 Nations. This potential selection is much better.

It should be a great test of England's mettle, if Samoa can get the majority of the players mentioned in the OP.

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58 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

It should be a great test of England's mettle, if Samoa can get the majority of the players mentioned in the OP.

Absolutely. A hard-fought, physical win in a hastily organised game would do wonders for English confidence. 

NB I edited the OP to take Lolohea out. No strong reason ... other than his Tongan heritage ... oops. Nu Brown is still solid, though. 

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