5 Apr 2013

Sport: Rugby league eligibility laws good for the game - Vagana

11:34 am on 5 April 2013

Samoa's technical director Nigel Vagana says rugby league's eligibility laws are a good thing for ensuring the best players are made available to play at the World Cup.

Manly centre Steve Matai this week commited himself to Samoa for the World Cup in the Northern Hemisphere, joining a number of other ex Kiwis including Roy Asotasi and Jeff Lima.

The last World Cup saw the likes of Jarryd Hayne turn out for Fiji and Michael Jennings for Tonga, and Vagana says with rugby league not having the global reach of union, this ensures fans get to see all the best players in action.

"Lote Tuqiri's probably going to run around for Fiji as well so to be able to sort of watch a Fiji v Samoa test match and potentially see the calibre of those players, and the guys that we've got in our team, is something that is great for the World Cup, it's great for the sport and great for the spectators as well. They want to see the best players and this allows them to. And on a cultural platform, as you see with the Indigenous All Stars the boys really embrace that and the World Cup is an opportunity for all of the Pacific players to do the same."