Samoa Beat


By Joshua Lafoai

There is something special about the four debutants who made it into the Toa Samoa Squad for the Rugby League World Cup (R.L.W.C) this year.

Despite not having big Sam Kasiano, Antonio Winterstein, Iosia Soliola and other experienced players for Toa this R.L.W.C, head coach Matthew Parish says he is excited to field his debutants.

Parish conducted an exclusive interview with the NUS Media School via email where he shared his excitement to see the young guys get on the plain on October 28 in Auckland.

Three of the debutants include Warriors Hooker, Jazz Tevaga, South Sydney Rabbitohs Prop Zane Musgrave and Panthers half Jerome Luai.

"Jazz Tevaga is tough, give you everything Hooker or Lock from. For a small man he is a great defender who hurts when he tackles," he said.

"Zane Musgrave is a big, powerful, mobile prop. I think he can really add some punch to our already big pack," he added.

Parish though has a particular comparison for Luai who hasnt played a game in the N.R.L.

"Luai is an exciting young half. He hasn't played NRL yet but I think that after this World Cup we may have uncovered the next big Tony Milford like we did in the 2013 World Cup," he said.

And finally big man Josh Papalii will be stiking the Toa Samoa blue jumper for the first time.

Papali'i has been an instrumental part of the Queensland Maroons squad, and the Australian Kangaroos for the last three years. 

The team will be in Samoa on the 15th of this month prior to their departure on the 21st for Auckland.