12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
There are also two newcomers on the bench, with the uncapped duo of Gaolo Elisara and Dominic Feaunati in line to win their first caps.
The Samoans warmed up for the test with Ireland, their only home match before the World Cup, with games against Super 12 sides, the Waratahs and Queensland Reds. They beat the Waratahs and lost narrowly to the Reds and will give the Irish a much stiffer examination than was provided by the Tongans. The game is likely to be every bit as physical as the Tongan match and it will be played temperatures that could reach into the 90s
Samoa. 15 Fa'atonu Fili 14 Lome Fa'atau 13 Dale Rasmussen 12 Brian Lima 11 Ron Fanuatanu 10 Earl Va'a, 9 Denning Tyrell 8 Semo Sititi (captain) 7 Maurie Fa'asavalu 6 Kitiona Viliamu 5 Leo Lafaialii, 4 Opeta Palepoi 3 Jeremy Tomuli 2 Trevor Leota 1 Kas Lealamanua.
Replacements 16 Jonathan Meredith 17 Tamato Leupolu 18 Des Tuiavi'i 19 Ponali Tapelu 20 Steven So'oialo 21 Gaolo Elisara 22 Dominic Feaunati.