Samoa vs USA - RWC 2015 preview: What time does it start where can I watch it?

A look ahead to the Pool B fixture at The Brighton Community Stadium

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It's a big game for...

Tim Nanai Williams: The 25-year-old live wire previously represented his native New Zealand on the Sevens circuit, but he opted to switch elegances with this World Cup in mind.

After making the move Williams (cousin of Sonny Bill Williams) said he had realised he was not going to break into the All Blacks side in time for the tournament, but now he is set to make his World Cup debut on his second cap for Samoa and many people will be expecting something special from the Cheifs star.

He is widely regarded as one of the most exciting attacking talents at the tournament and he is part of a side that have a point to prove after crashing out in the pool stages at the end of a dismal campaign in 2011.


Samoa: Tim Nanai-Williams; Ken Pisi; Paul Perez; Rey Lee-Lo; Alesana Tuilagi; Tusi Pisi; Kahn Fotuali'i; Sakaria Taulafo; Ole Avei; Anthony Perenise; Teofilo Paulo; Iosefa Tekori; Maurie Fa'asavalu;Jack Lam; Ofisa Treviranus (c)

Replacements:  Viliamu Afatia; Motu Matu'u; Census Johnston; Faifili Levave; Alafoti Faosiliva; Vavao Afemai; Mike Stanley; Fa'atoina Autagavaia

USA: Blaine Scully; Takudzwa Ngwenya; Seamus Kelly; Thretton Palamo; Chris Wyles (c); AJ MacGinty; Mike Petri 1 Eric Fry; Zach Fenoglio; Titi Lamositele; Hayden Smith; Greg Peterson; Al McFarland; Andrew Durutalo; Samu Manoa

Replacements: Phil Thiel; Oli Kilifi; Chris Baumann;  Cam Dolan; Danny Barrett; Shalom Suniula; Folau Niua; Brett Thompson

Remember When... 

After dominating the first half of their last meeting, Samoa had built a commanding 21-3 lead by half time but the USA launched a gutsy fight back which saw Saracens prop Titi Lamositele, whose whole family are Samoan, burrow over to score in the 71st minute and set up a very tense finish.

Player to wath...

There is guaranteed to be plenty of flair and skill on show from the men in blue but keep and eye out for the 19-stone frame of Samu Manoa playing for the USA, as the brushing second row will relishing the chance to go toe to toe with a Pacific Island pack in rugby's pinnacle event.

Manoa, whose parents are Tongan, missed out on the 2011 World Cup because of his contract with Northampton and did not feature in the 21-16 defeat his side suffered at the hands of the Samoans two months ago, so he'll be eager to make up for lost time and impress on his debut with a some of his thumping trademark tackles and ferocious physicality.

Past three meetings...

USA 16 (Lamositele) Samoa 21 (A.Tuilagi, Tuala), Pacific Nations Cup, July 2015 

Samoa 25 (Fa'atau, A Tuilagi, Thompson) USA 21 (Ngwenya, Stanfill) Rugby World Cup, September 2007

USA 12 (Grobler, Schubert) Samoa 19 (Curtis, Filemu, Vili), Pacific Rim Championship, July 2000

Form guide...

Samoa: LWDWL


Vital information:

Kick off time: 12pm

TV: Live on ITV, highlights on ITV 4