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Lee-Lo returns to XV for Suva showdown

International | 8th August 2019

Cardiff Blues' Rey Lee-Lo returns to the Samoa starting line-up for Saturday's Pacific Nations Cup clash against Fiji in Suva.

Lee-Lo, who is set to win his 24th cap, will line up at inside centre at the ANZ National Stadium, after featuring as a replacement in last week's last gasp defeat to USA.

The Cardiff Blues star is joined in midfield by Scarlets centre, Kieron Fonotia, while Filo Paulo and Pele Cowley, who have both featured for Wales' Capital Region, are also named in the matchday squad.

Another former Cardiff Blue is in the opposition's side, with Campese Ma'afu named at loosehead prop. There are a number of familiar faces in the Fijian side, with Edinburgh's Viliame Mata at number eight and Glasgow Warriors' Nikola Matawalu on the bench alongside former Ospreys centre, Josh Matavesi.

The final weekend in Suva sees Blaine Scully's USA take on Japan in a winner-takes-all clash for the title, with both sides maintaining their 100 per cent records in the competition.

Samoa: Ah See Tuala; Alapati Leiua, Kieron Fonotia, Reynold Lee-Lo, Belgium Tuatagaloa; Ulupano Seuteni, Dwayne Polataivao; Logovii Mulipola, Motu Matu'u, Paul Alo-Emile, Teofilo Paulo, Kane Leaupepe, Chris Vui, Jack Lam (capt), TJ Ioane

Replacements: Ray Niuia, Jordan Lay, James Lay, Vaito'asa Senio Toleafoa, Henry Stowers, Pele Cowley, AJ Alatimu, Henry Taefu / JJ Taulagi

Fiji: Setareki Tuicuvu; Vereniki Goneva, Semi Radradra, Levani Botia, Patrick Osbourne; Ben Volavola, Frank Lomani; Campese Ma'afu, Sam Matavesi, Peni Ravai, Tevita Cavubati, Leone Nakarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Semi Kunatani, Viliame Mata

Replacements: Mesulame Dolokoto, Eroni Mawi, Kalivati Tawake, Tevita Ratuva, Peceli Yato, Nikola Matawalu, Josh Matavesi, Kini Murimurivalu