“It’s a great opportunity” – Josh Cale on Country U23’s clash with Samoa

Updated: October 11, 2017
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Country U23’s Coach Josh Cale believes his players are faced with an opportunity they’ll never forget when they take on the Toa Samoan World Cup squad at McDonalds Park, Wagga Wagga.

Speaking with CRL TV, Cale admitted his players were excited about the task of taking on a side with over 1700 First-Grade NRL and Super League matches experience between them.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for these boys,” said Cale.

“It’s not often they’ll get to come up against a World Cup side… basically an NRL team in front of them and they’re excited… they can’t wait.

“It’s a great chance for them to put forward a case and show their ability.”

Despite their short preparation for the momentous task of facing a side featuring current stars like Josh Papalii, Frank Pritchard and Joey Leilua, Cale believes his side won’t be overawed by the occasion.

“We’ve worked on our defence, but with a short camp we don’t have weeks or months to prepare.

“We’ve worked on a few things, but we’re not going to bash it up.

“We’re going to play some footy and these boys are here to show what they’ve got.”


Wagga Wagga will host a festival of football when the Country U23’s Representative team take on Samoa in their final game before the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

The brightest young talent in Country Rugby League will have the opportunity to impress against some of the world’s best players, with the Toa Samoa headed to Wagga Wagga’s McDonalds Park on Friday, 13th October.

There will be a range of exciting matches in the lead up to the main games; with an Open-Age Men’s Group 9 v Group 20 Indigenous match, Women’s tackle nines match between Riverina and Western and U17’s clash between Riverina and Monaro.

Tickets will be $10 for adults, $5 for concession, with Under-15’s free of charge. Tickets available at the gate on game day. Gates Open at 2:30pm.

Click here for game day details and team lists.