World ranking: 17th
Qualification: Intercontinental playoff
Best result: Quarter-finals 1991, 95
TAB odds: $501
Chances: This is a group that would have had Manu Samoa teams of old licking their lips with expectation.
Given their contribution to the history of the World Cup, it's devastating to see how far they've fallen, only qualifying as one of the final teams in the draw. Don't hold your breath on another fairytale result.
Russia v Samoa, Kumagaya City, 10:15pm
Scotland v Samoa, Kobe City, 11:15pm
Japan v Samoa, Toyota City, 11:30pm
Ireland v Samoa, Fukuoka City, 11:45pm