Samoa focus on opening World Cup clash against England

06 Apr 22, 1:36PM 0 Comments

Written by International Rugby League

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It looks like 2022 could be another challenging year for Samoa Rugby League due to the on-going COVID-19 restrictions. However, Samoa Rugby League President, Faafouina Su’a remains upbeat about the year ahead.

The plan is to begin the season in May with the annual 9s competition. The domestic season will once again present opportunities for local players to excel and the domestic year will culminate in the Islands of Origin Series, which is now in its third season and continues to grow.

Eyes then turn to the Rugby League World Cup in England, which kicks off with the hosts facing an immense challenge from Samoa. Su’a believes that they will be up to that challenge, saying, “Although we still face the logistical challenges, we are working closely with RLWC to finalise the travel arrangements. It will be an exciting opening game and England is one of the best team in the world, so a massive mission on our part but no-one should count the eggs before they hatch.

“Samoa having a successful world cup campaign will have a really positive impact on our sport here, so we are trying our best to do well, to praise God, embrace Samoa, the rest of the world and ruby league.”

Looking further ahead to France2025, Su’a sees the opportunities before them, “There is an opportunity to qualify for both the youth and women’s competitions in France. We would love to try but funding is an issue, however I sure that if the chance is presented, we will get there.”

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