Rookie Samoan halfback's RWC dream over due to dislocated shoulder

Samoa scrumhalf Scott Malolua was ruled out of the Rugby World Cup in Japan with a dislocated shoulder and replaced by Pele Cowley.

The Queensland-based Malolua was making his debut for Samoa against Australia in Parramatta last Saturday when he was hurt late in the first half.

The injury will keep him out for up to eight weeks, a time frame which encompassed the entire World Cup in Japan.

The New Zealand-based Cowley has 12 caps for Samoa, most recently last month in the Pacific Nations Cup.

Cowley could empathize with Malolua as a knee injury seven weeks out from the 2015 World Cup cost him selection.

Samoa opens this World Cup on September 24 against Russia in Kumagaya.

Samoa's Scott Malolua, centre, is assisted off the field after an injury during their rugby union Test match against Australia. Source: Associated Press