24 Nov 2012

Sport: Samoan locals get chance to push Rugby League World Cup claims

10:21 am on 24 November 2012

Toa Samoa Residents coach Ponifasio Vasa admits selectors will have their hands full watching this afternoon's one-off rugby league clash against the New Zealand Samoa Residents team.

It's been four months since the Samoa-based Residents team last played, in a two-match series against New South Wales Country.

With the Rugby League World Cup less than one year away Ponifasio Vasa says both teams have everything to play for.

"This is a grand opportunity for the local players because even the team from New Zealand they're all Samoans, they're eligible for the World Cup so we consider them locals, all locals, same as our domestic boys here in Samoa. It is like an opportunity for them to showcase their capability in order to get picked for the World Cup next year."

Ponifasio Vasa.

Meanwhile Rugby League Samoa says they're still finalising the appointment of a new Toa Samoa head coach following the resignation of Daniel Anderson, who is now the NRL referee's boss.