Samoa

Samoa Rugby World Cup 2011 Betting Odds

Samoa are one of the three Pacific Island teams along with Tonga and Fiji but they have proven to be as equally as strong as those nations over recent times, they have a hugely powerful team and will head to the 2011 Rugby World Cup with hopes of qualifying for the last eight of the tournament. They will face a very difficult task to achieve that though after being drawn in Pool D, which most believe is the toughest of the four sections.

Samoa Rugby World Cup 2011 Odds

New Zealand and Samoa have a very close link in rugby with several Samoan born players playing for the All Blacks and a few have gone the other way, Samoa would obviously love to hold onto a couple of those players that understandably jump at the chance to play for New Zealand. They still manage to be competitive though as they showed to qualify for the 2011 tournament with a thumping win over Papua New Guinea back in 2009 over two legs.

Samoa face Australia, Wales, Fiji and Namibia in Pool D in New Zealand with only two spots available for qualification it is hard to see Samoa making any real in roads, the game against Fiji will be a huge one for Samoa as they look to gain bragging rights against their local rivals. That will be one for Samoa to work towards while the games against Australia and Wales will be played in more hope than expectation; they are likely to need to win one of those games if they have designs on qualification.

Samoa Rugby World Cup 2011 Squad

Forwards: Ole Avei, Maurie Faasavalu, Census Johnston, Filipo Lavea Levi, Daniel Leo, Logovi'i Mulipola, Ti'i Paulo, Anthony Perenise, Manaia Salavea, Mahonri Schwalger, George Stowers, Sakaria Taulafo, Joe Tekori, Kane Thompson, Ofisa Treviranus, Taiasina Tuifua.

Backs: Kahn Fotuali'i, David Lemi, Johhny Leota, Seilala Mapusua (captain), Eliota Sapolu Fuimaono, Tasesa Lavea, Augustino Poluleuligaga, George Pisi, Tusi Pisi, James So'oialo, Jeremy Sua, Sailosi Tagicakibau, Alesana Tuilagi, Paul Williams