the New South Wales Country captain has dismissed suggestions his team views their two-match rugby league tour of Samoa as a glorified holiday.
The team has faced criticism in Australia over the trip, which has been labelled a waste of time and expensive holiday for the team.
But captain Sam Wooden says the reality is quite the opposite and they view the trip as a big opportunity.
"Representing NSW Country there's a lot of pride and passion in that jumper and it always gets mentioned every year to have that pride and passion in it. The history speaks for itself so to go overseas and play against Samoa it's definately not for a holiday so it's definately going to be good playing them."
Sam Wooden says the tour is an added bonus after the annual clash against Queensland Country was cancelled this year.