Samoa to play World Cup warm-up against England Knights
Last Updated: September 4, 2013 12:29pm
Steve McNamara: Chance for players to earn World Cup place
Samoa's preparations for the forthcoming World Cup will include a warm-up match against England Knights.
The match will be played before England's friendly against Italy at the Salford City Stadium on Saturday, October 19 - a week before the tournament opens in Cardiff.
England coach Steve McNamara will also use the game to monitor several potential members of his World Cup squad.
"It's a great opportunity to provide exposure to world-class opposition to some of our younger players, as well as established England players," said McNamara.
"The match also allows us to cover for many eventualities, including the possibility of giving some players the chance to play themselves into World Cup selection.
"There is a strong likelihood that some of the World Cup squad will be involved in the Knights game."
Samoa open their World Cup campaign against holders New Zealand on Sunday, October 27 at Warrington.