20 Nov 2012

Sport: Samoan greats say team deserves more top tests

11:38 am on 20 November 2012

Former Samoa rugby internationals say the team has earnt the right to play more matches against tier one nations.

Samoa stunned Six Nations Champions Wales 26-19 at the weekend to move up to ninth in the IRB World Rankings.

It was their third win in Cardiff and Brian Lima, who played in the previous two, says Samoa deserves more top level matches.

"If the Manu Samoa prove they can beat the tier one teams - not even Wales but other teams like England and France. I'm sure we will get a lot of opportunities, not even to get into the tier one teams, but to compete with other top teams like New Zealand and Australia. So we need more games like that to prove to all the tier one teams we deserve to be a tier one team ranking."

Former Samoan player and coach, Michael Jones, agrees and says the team is in a good space.

I mean the boys have always shown that they can do it in one-off occasions but to do it consistently is where you really start to turn heads. I think right not they've got so many players that - in fact - we tried to get five years ago but were not available but they are now so - boys like Kahn Fotuali'i and the Pisi brothers and Paul Williams - you just can't buy that. There's been a lot of changes back in Samoa around the administration I think. Things are looking really positive so hopefully the IRB will take notice and obviously the results speak for themselves.