Samoa

  • Team Name
    Toa Samoa
  • First Appearance
    1995
  • RLWC2013 Group
    Group B
  • RLWC2013 Opponents
    Papua New Guinea, France and New Zealand
  • Last Win
  • Players to watch
    Sia Soliola and Anthony Milford
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T.Puletua
Leeson  Ah Mau
L.Ah Mau
David Fa'alogo
D.Fa'alogo
Pita  Godinet
P.Godinet
Faleniu Iosi
F.Iosi
Tim  Lafai
T.Lafai
Joseph Leilua
J.Leilua
Penani Manumalealii
P.Manumalealii
Mose  Masoe
M.Masoe
Suaia  Matagi
S.Matagi
Anthony Milford
A.Milford
Junior Moors
J.Moors
Edward Purcell
E.Purcell
Ben Roberts
B.Roberts
Iosia Soliola
I.Soliola
Junior Sa'u
J.Sa'u
No Photo
M.Sio
Sauaso  Sue
S.Sue
Mark Taufua
M.Taufua
Daniel  Vidot
D.Vidot
Ionatana Tino
I.Tino
Antonio  Winterstein
A.Winterstein

Group B

Sun Oct 27 KO: 6:00pm HALLIWELL JONES STADIUM
WARRINGTON
New Zealand
42-24
Samoa
REPORT
Mon Nov 04 KO: 8:00pm MS3 CRAVEN PARK
HULL
Papua New Guinea
4-38
Samoa
REPORT
Mon Nov 11 KO: 8:00pm STADE GILBERT BRUTUS
PERPIGNAN
France
6-22
Samoa
REPORT

Quarter Finals

Sun Nov 17 KO: 3:00pm HALLIWELL JONES STADIUM
WARRINGTON
Samoa
4-22
Fiji
REPORT

A bit of History

The Australasian influence on Samoa, plus the Samoans’ playing presence in Super League and the NRL, mean that Samoa are well placed to perform well in the 2013 World Cup.

Previously known in Rugby League circles as Western Samoa, the islanders have been competing on the international Rugby League stage for over two decades.

The Samoan’s first major competition was the 1988 Pacific Cup, where they made a great first impression by going all the way to the final where they suffered a narrow 19-16 defeat at the hands of New Zealand Maoris.

Samoa’s World Cup bow came in 1995 and five years later they defeated New Zealand Maoris and Scotland to reach the quarter-finals, where they ran into eventual winners Australia. 

Grouped with Tonga and Ireland in 2008, many pundits were expectant but Samoa did not deliver. But with a stronger domestic structure and some high-profile names to call upon from the northern and southern hemispheres, Samoa cannot be taken for granted in 2013.