Samoa Name Squad for Country U23’s Clash

Updated: October 6, 2017

Rugby League Samoa has released their 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad, which will take on the Country U23 Representative Team in their final match before the World Cup at McDonalds Park, Wagga Wagga on Friday, 13th October.

The Toa Samoa will field a plethora of players with NRL and Super League experience, with Frank Pritchard, Joey Leilua, Sam Tagatese and Josh Papalii among the well-known faces in the squad.

The match-up between the Country and Samoan sides will be the main event in a festival of football on the day, 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 taking place from 3pm.

Regional fans will have the opportunity to meet some of the stars of the Rugby League World Cup, with the Toa Samoa to host an open training and signing session at Paramore Park, Wagga Wagga on Wednesday, 11th October; with training kicking-off at 3:30pm and the signing session taking place from 5:15-6:00pm.

The Toa Samoa and Country U23’s sides will also visit a mixed-tag football tournament featuring local High Schools on Thursday, 12th October, before attending a sportsman’s dinner at Wagga Wagga’s Rules Club from 6pm.

Toa Samoa Coach Matt Parish believes the match is a great opportunity, not only for his side, but for Rugby League fans throughout the Riverina.

“Samoa and Country Rugby League have a great relationship which has been extremely supportive of the development of the game in Samoa for many years,” said Parish.

“I’m really pleased with the squad that we’ve announced for the Rugby League World Cup and it’s a great opportunity to see NRL and Super League quality players taking on some of the best young talent in Country Rugby League.

“There’s plenty of local talent taking the field earlier in the day and we’re really excited to be playing a game in Regional NSW for the first time and hope the fans can get out to the ground and support what should be a great day of football.”

Tickets will be available at the gate on the day – Adults – $10, Concession – $5 and Under 15’s – Free of Charge.

For those not in the Riverina, the match will be live streamed courtesy of WaggaWagga.TV and will be able to be viewed at both Wagga Wagga.TV and

Toa Samoa Rugby League World Cup Squad

  • Frank Pritchard (c)
  • Bunty Afoa
  • Leeson Ah Mau
  • Faamanu Brown
  • Herman Ese’ese
  • Pita Godinet
  • Joseph Leilua
  • Ricky Leutele
  • Sam Lisone
  • Jarome Luai
  • Suaia Matagi
  • Peter Mata’utia
  • Tim Lafai
  • Ken Maumalo
  • Frank Winterstein
  • Zane Musgrave
  • Josh Papalii
  • Joseph Paulo
  • Junior Paulo
  • Ben Roberts
  • Sam Tagataese
  • Jazz Tevaga
  • Young Tonumaipea
  • Matthew Wright