Factbox on the Samoa squad for the Rugby
World Cup in Japan, where they will compete in Pool A:
World ranking: 16
Samoa were trailblazers for Pacific island rugby when they
made the quarter-finals at the 1991 and 1995 tournaments but
have fallen on harder times since.
Their physical game will always leave opponents nursing
bruises but getting out of a pool also containing Ireland, Japan
and Scotland looks like a tall order.
This year, New Z