Cape Town - Samoa head coach Steve Jackson has announced his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan, which includes prop Michael Alaalatoa.
Crusaders prop Alaalatoa is joined by the likes of Logovi’i Mulipola, Motu Matu’u, TJ Ioane and Jack Lam in the forwards picked by Jackson.
Tim Nanai-Williams, Alapati Leiua, Rey Lee-Lo, Kieron Fonotia and Tusi Pisi are among the backs selected as Samoa get ready for Japan.
They are in the same pool as Ireland, Scotland, the host nation and Russia, kicking off their campaign against the latter on September 24.
Samoa squad for Rugby World Cup:
Afaesetiti Amosa, TJ Ioane, Jack Lam, Piula Fa’asalele, Josh Tyrell, Chris Vui, Teofilo Paulo, Kane Leaupepe, Senio Toleafoa, Michael Alaalatoa, Paul Alo-Emile, James Lay, Jordan Lay, Logovi’i Mulipola, Motu Matu’u, Ray Niuia, Seilala Lam
Ed Fidow, Tim Nanai-Williams, Ahsee Tuala, Belgium Tuatagaloa, Henry Taefu, Alapati Leiua, Reynold Lee-Lo, Kieron Fonotia, AJ Atatimu, Tusi Pisi, Ulupano Seuteni, Dwayne Polotaivao, Melani Matavao, Scott Malolua