Toa Samoa coach Steve Price has finalised his team for Saturday nightâ€™s Pacific Test against Mate Maâ€™a Tonga at Centrebet Stadium, Penrith.
With the likes of Roy Asotasi, Jeff Lima, Junior Saâ€™u and Eddy Pettybourne electing to represent Samoa, Price is pleased with his line-up for this weekendâ€™s match.
â€œFinalising my squad for this weekendâ€™s Test was a lot more difficult than it was two years ago, which is testament to the growth of the game in the Pacific,â€ Price said on Wednesday morning.
â€œThe talent pool we have available now as well as the quality players that have chosen to represent Samoa is increasing each year. To be able to assemble this team in the lead up to the World Cup is fantastic for the game.
â€œI am really looking forward to preparing our boys as professionally as I can to give them the best opportunity to represent the game, their families and their people.â€
North Queeensland Cowboysâ€™ Alex Elisala joined the team on Tuesday. David Faâ€™alogo, who has also elected to represent Samoa recently, and Pita Godinet are unavailable for Sundayâ€™s test.
Toa Samoa Squad:
1 Matthew Wright – Cronulla Sharks
2 Kalifa Faifai Loa – NQ Cowboys
3 Antonio Winterstein – NQ Cowboys
4 Junior Sa’u – Melbourne Storm
5 Daniel Vidot – St George Illawarra
6 Carlos Tuimavave – NZ Warriors
7 Ben Roberts – Parramatta Eels
8 Jeff Lima – South Sydney Rabbitohs
9 Masada Iosefa – West Tigers
10 Roy Asotasi – South Sydney Rabbitohs
11 Eddy Pettybourne – West Tigers
12 Sam Tagataese – Cronulla Sharks
13 Lama Tasi – Sydney Roosters
14 Leeson Ah Mau – St George Illawarra
15 Martin Taupau – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
16 Mark Taufua – Cronulla Sharks
17 Alex Elisala – NQ Cowboys
18 Tanielu Pasene – Rugby League Samoa
19 Leia Saofaiga – Rugby League Samoa