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Last Updated: Friday, 26 September, 2003, 07:13 GMT 08:13 UK
Tuiavi'i gets late call-up
Des Tuiavi'i in Super 12 action for NSW Waratahs
Tuiavi'i benefits from Tuilagi's decision
Des Tuiavi'i has been added to the Samoan World Cup squad to replace back row forward Henry Tuilagi.

Tuiavi'i, who plays Super 12 in Australia for New South Wales Waratahs, joins the squad's training camp after initially being overlooked.

No official reason was given for Tuilagi's omission, although he had indicated he wanted to remain in England to play for his club Leicester.

The Samoan Rugby Union are unable to match their top players' club wages whilst they are on international duty.

And several clubs have said they will not pay their stars if they are absent during the World Cup in Australia, forcing players to make tough decisions.

Samoa are in Pool C at the World Cup, which starts on 10 October, with South Africa, England, Uruguay and Georgia.

Revised squad:

Backs: Steven So'oialo, Denning Tyrell, John Senio, Tanner Vili, Earl Va'a, Lome Fa'atau, Brian Lima, Dale Rasmussen, Terry Fanolua, Romi Ropati, Ron Fanutanu, Dominic Feaunati, Fa'atonu Fili, Sailosi Tagicakibau.

Forwards: Semo Sititi (capt), Jonathan Meredith, Mahorni Schlwager, Simon Lemalu, Kas Lealamanua, Jeremy Tomuli, Tamato Leupolu, Opeta Palepoi, Michael von Dincklage, Leo Lafaiali'i, Des Tuiavi'i, Kitiona Viliamu, Siaosi Vaili, Patrick Segi, Maurie Fa'asavalu, Peter Poulos.

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