Two nations who weren't in action last weekend go head-to-head to kick off a mouth-watering triple header on Saturday.
Both squads feature plenty of names who were in action in the World Cup 9s – a weekend that will be more fondly remembered by semi-finalists Samoa than a Bati side that surprisingly lost every game to finish last in its pool.
Being a one-off Test, both teams are playing for pride in the jersey but of arguably more value to is simply the chance to get the groups together given how infrequently these chances come along in a packed schedule.
While there is a familiar core of players in both squads, there are also plenty of changes from the last time both nations gathered for a 13-a-side Test: Samoa's 24-6 defeat of Papua New Guinea and Fiji's 58-14 thumping of Lebanon, both in the mid-year Representative Round, both at Leichhardt Oval on June 22.
Match: Samoa v Fiji
Round 3 -
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Suliasi Vunivalu v Brian To'o. To'o is a tackle-busting young wingers who has gone from virtual unknowns to virtual automatic test selection in half a season, while Vunivalu had a similarly rapid rise in 2016 going from unknown to one of the game's best finishers in a matter of weeks. With free-flowing footy likely to take precedence over structure, a high-quality winger to add value at both ends of the field will be a priceless commodity.
For Samoa to win
They need to carry forward their 9s momentum and play what's in front of them – especially free-wheeling playmakers Jarome Luai and Danny Levi, who have each shown in their young careers that they are not just talented but capable of channelling that ability without going over the top.
Fullback for Samoa is number 1 Ronaldo MulitaloFullback for Fiji is number 1 Siti Moceidreke
Winger for Samoa is number 2 Jorge TaufuaWinger for Fiji is number 2 Isaac Lumelume
Centre for Samoa is number 3 Timoteo LafaiCentre for Fiji is number 3 Taane Milne
Centre for Samoa is number 4 Joseph LeiluaCentre for Fiji is number 4 Brayden Wiliame
Winger for Samoa is number 5 Brian To'oWinger for Fiji is number 5 Suliasi Vunivalu
Five-Eighth for Samoa is number 6 Marion SeveFive-Eighth for Fiji is number 6 Kevin Naiqama
Halfback for Samoa is number 7 Jarome LuaiHalfback for Fiji is number 7 Brandon Wakeham
Prop for Samoa is number 8 Junior PauloProp for Fiji is number 8 Kane Evans
Hooker for Samoa is number 9 Danny LeviHooker for Fiji is number 9 Joe Lovodua
Prop for Samoa is number 10 Martin TaupauProp for Fiji is number 10 Tui Kamikamica
2nd Row for Samoa is number 11 Tino Faasuamaleaui2nd Row for Fiji is number 11 Viliame Kikau
2nd Row for Samoa is number 12 Michael Chee-Kam2nd Row for Fiji is number 12 Ben Nakubuwai
Lock for Samoa is number 14 Dunamis LuiLock for Fiji is number 13 D'Rhys Miller
Interchange for Samoa is number 13 Bunty AfoaInterchange for Fiji is number 14 Lamar Liolevave
Interchange for Samoa is number 15 Moses LeotaInterchange for Fiji is number 15 Joseph Ratuvakacereivalu
Interchange for Samoa is number 16 Luciano LeiluaInterchange for Fiji is number 18 King Vuniyayawa
Interchange for Samoa is number 17 James GavetInterchange for Fiji is number 19 Penioni Tagituimua
- Referee: Grant Atkins
- Touch Judge: Stephane Vincent
- Touch Judge: Paki Parkinson
- Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell
For Fiji to win
Wind up and come off the back fence. If Fiji are to prevail they need powerful runners like Viliame Kikau, Tui Kamikamica and Taane Milne hitting the Samoan defensive line at full pace with Kikau's offloading a key threat on the left edge. Spread it wide early and let the backs do plenty of work with a few seasoned heads like Kevin Naiqama hopefully able to apply some polish in the attacking 20.
Samoa's last-up win over PNG was their first Test win since 2016, with six losses and a draw since. Fiji have won eight of their past 12 tests.
And another thing…
Samoa forward Tino Faasuamaleaui's busy post-season has seen him switch colours for a fourth time, going from a Storm finals series to Australia PM's XIII duties to Samoa's 9s campaign to Australian Junior Kangaroos representation and now into his first official Test match with Toa Samoa.