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Nickname: Manu Samoa (native warrior)
Kit: Blue jersey with white symbolic sleeve, white shorts, blue socks
Ranking: 12 (75.14)
Pool: B (South Africa, Scotland, USA, Japan)
1st Match: USA on September 20
Past RWCs: Six events from 1991 to 2011
Path to RWC: Automatic qualifier as one of the top 12 teams.
WC Stats: Achieved two victories in each of past six cups, including wins over Wales (2), Argentina (2), and Italy.
Flag: Stars in canton are Southern Cross. Blue represents freedom. Red is traditional Samoan color
Betting Odds: 250-1
Comment: The Samoans do a pre-game challenge known as “siva tua” similar to All Blacks' haka. First match against Fiji in 1924. Historic record against other Pool B opponents shows South Africa (0-8), Scotland (1-7-1), Japan (11-3) and USA (4-0). Of note: 27 of the 31 RWC squad play professionally outside the country.