The man who orchestrated one of Australia’s most grim Test rugby defeats will return to haunt them after Tusi Pisi was named Samoan five-eighth for Saturday’s Test in Sydney.
Evergreen five-eighth Pisi is the only Manu Samoa survivor from the team who stunned a largely second-string Wallabies team 32-23 in 2011.
Not only that, he was a central cog at the Sydney Football Stadium, playing a part in two of their four tries and landing 12 points with the boot.
The Japan-based 37-year-old missed Samoa’s Pacific Nations Cup campaign but is set to be a pivotal figure at the World Cup.
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He is one of 10 players in the starting XV who have experience playing in a New Zealand Super Rugby team, with all but Hurricanes lock Kane Leaupepe and Crusaders prop Michael Alaalatoa having since moved on to play in Europe.
It will be a Test debut for Alaalatoa, who scored two tries in last week’s win over a New Zealand Heartland amateur team.
Alaalatoa has been denied the chance to pack down against brother and Wallabies prop Allan Alaalatoa, who is being rested this week.
SAMOA: Tim Nanai-Williams, Belgium Tuatagaloa, Alapati Leiua, Reynold Lee-Lo, Ed Fidow, Tusi Pisi, Scott Malolua, Afaesetiti Amosa, Jack Lam (capt), TJ Ioane, Kane Leaupepe, Teofilo Paulo, Michael Alaalatoa, Ray Niuia, Jordan Lay. Res: Motu Matu’u, Paul Alo-Emile, Logovi’i Mulipola, Josh Tyrell, Seilala Lam, Dwayne Polataivao, AJ Alatimu, Ah See Tuala.
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