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London Irish flanker Treviranus to lead Samoa at World Cup


London Irish flanker Ofisa Treviranus will captain a Samoa squad filled with Aviva Premiership Rugby stars at the World Cup.

A total of ten current Aviva Premiership Rugby players have made head coach Stephen Betham’s 31-man squad, with Treviranus joined by fellow back rowers TJ Ioane of Sale Sharks and Alafoti Fa’osiliva of Bath Rugby.
Newcastle Falcons lock Kane Thompson makes the cut alongside Leicester Tigers prop Logovi’i Mulipola, while former Bath and current Bristol front row Anthony Perenise is also included.
The Northampton Saints trio of Kahn Fotuali’i and brothers George and Ken Pisi will light up an exciting back line, alongside Falcons wing Alesana Tuilagi and Sale centre Johnny Leota.
Yet there is no place for Falcons player of the season Sinoti Sinoti, while Wasps centre Alapati Leiua misses out through injury.
Samoa have been drawn in Pool B and start their campaign against the United States at the Brighton Community Stadium on September 20 before facing South Africa at Villa Park, Japan at stadiummk and Scotland at St James’ Park.
Samoa Rugby World Cup squad
Forwards: Ole Avei, Manu Leiataua, Motu Matu'u, Viliamu Afatia, Jake Grey, Logovi'i Mulipola, Anthony Perenise, Sakaria Taulafo, Fa'atiga Lemalu, Filo Paulo, Joe Tekori, Kane Thompson, Maurie Fa'asavalu, Alafoti Faosiliva, Jack Lam, Ofisa Treviranus, TJ Ioane, Sanele Vavae Tuilagi.
Backs: Vavao Afemai, Kahn Fotuali'i, Patrick Fa'apale, Tusi Pisi, Michael Stanley, Rey Lee-Lo, Johnny Leota, Paul Perez, George Pisi, Fa'atoina Autagavaia, Ken Pisi, Alesana Tuilagi, Tim Nanai-Williams.

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