Rugby World Cup 2011: Seilala Mapusua to skipper Samoa squad

Seilala Mapusua
Seilala Mapusua has scored two Test tries, both against Wales in Cardiff

Former London Irish centre Seilala Mapusua will captain Samoa at the 2011 Rugby World Cup as coach Fuimaono Tafua has announced his 30-man squad.

The 31-year-old, who will join Kubota Spears in Japan after the World Cup, is named with former Wasps lock Daniel Leo and Toulouse prop Census Johnston.

Alesana Tuilagi is also picked after the Leicester wing helped Samoa beat Australia 32-23 in Sydney in July.

Samoa join Wales, Fiji, Namibia and champions South Africa in Pool D.

The physical Samoans boast a history of upsetting Welsh hopes at World Cups as the south Pacific islanders memorably shocked Wales at the 1991 and 1999 tournaments.

2011 SAMOAN RUGBY WORLD CUP 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.

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