Manu Samoa are gearing up to face a formidable Barbarians side in an additional warm-up match in Brive ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023.

The Manu Samoa squad boasts an impressive lineup with a heavy French accent, with no less than 13 players plying their trade in France’s Top 14. There will also be southern hemisphere club interest too, with the likes of Christian Lealiano and Lima Sopoaga also set to star after making the switch thanks to World Rugby’s new eligibility laws.

The Samoan squad will include Jordan Jordan Taufua, Charlie Faumuina, Brian Alainu’uese, TieTie Tuimauga, Tim Nanai-Williams, Tumua Manu, Fritz Lee, Duncan Paia Aua, Paul Alo-Emile, Genesis Mamea Lemalu and UJ Senteni; all who currently play their rugby in France.

The world-famous Black and White will be coached by Bristol Bears head coach Pat Lam and will include a number of Test stars.

Before heading to Brive, the Manu Samoa team have a busy schedule in the lead-up to the game, playing Japan at the Sapporo Dome, followed by two matches on Samoa soil.

They then journey to Paris prior to arrival in Brive, where they will spend the week acclimatizing, with the Barbarian side joining up the week ahead of the match

With Brive not featuring as a stadium at the World Cup, it also serves as an opportunity for locals to enjoy some international calibre rugby prior to the flagship event later in the year.

You can buy tickets for the game HERE.

Original article by Rugby Pass: