Matt Parish

Toa Samoa head coach Matthew Parish is eager to field his four new debutants for Toa Samoa come October 28 in Auckland against the Kiwis for the Rugby League World Cup.

In an exclusive interview with NUS Media, he clarified the unfortunate missout from Cowboys try scoring wing Antonio Winterstein from the Toa Samoa Squad.

"Unfortunately Antonio (Winterstein) is (dealing) with injuries and is unavailable," said Parish.

"He played courageously on with injury when the Cowboys won games as they charged towards the NRL Grand Final, and he is shattered about not being able to represent Toa Samoa in the World Cup," added Parish.

Parish went on to list a number of players who missed out due to injuries.

"Anthony Milford, Sam Kasinano, Iosia Soliola, David Nofoaluma, John Asiata, Sione Matautia, Tyrone May, Nathaniel Roach, and others are all injuries and very disappointed they can't represent Samoa in the World Cup," he said. 

Nevertheless, Parish says Toa Samoa's growth since the last world cup is something to applaud.

"This just goes to show how far we have come as a nation when all these great players are unavailable and we can still name a powerful squad that I am sure will do all the people of Samoa proud," he added.

The Toa head coach says the inclusion of Josh Papalii adds experience and talent to the team.

"Josh Papalii will be great for our team and I know he can't wait to pull on the Blue jumper of Samoa. 

He is a great player for Raiders, Queensland and Australia and he will be even better for Toa Samoa," he said.

Meanwhile, Tim Lafai and Frank Winterstein have been called in last minute to replace two more players whom Parish ruled out late today due to injuries.