Familiar Faces: Samoa

19th April 2017, 10:30

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Familiar Faces: Samoa

Which players have represented Samoa in recent years?

Frank Pritchard

The black and white army will have fond memories of ‘Frank the Tank’.

Pritchard joined Hull FC from Canterbury Bulldogs for the 2016 season and made 24 appearances, scoring five tries.

The highlight of Frank’s Hull career was winning the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at Wembley.

The Airlie Birds also came close to silverware in Super League, where they were beaten to the League Leaders’ shield by Warrington and lost in the semi-finals to eventual Grand Final winners Wigan Warriors.

Frank returned to the NRL with Parramatta for the 2017 season. In 2015, Pritchard captained Samoa in the Pacific Test victory over Tonga.

Anthony Milford

Fans will know Milford well from his visits to England with Brisbane Broncos for the 2016 and 2017 Dacia World Club Series.

Anthony also represented Samoa during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup in England and Wales, scoring one try against France.

The half is known for his intense and explosive play, running with the ball and bursting through opposition lines.

Milford scored 14 tries and made 16 assists in 2016 for the Broncos and was a vital member of the 2015 Brisbane team that lost to North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL Grand Final.

The Broncos man has confirmed he is currently available for Samoa for the mid-season test match with England.

Josh McGuire

McGuire is another Brisbane player who has touched down on England shores during the Dacia World Club Series.

The Broncos number 13 represented Samoa six times and featured against England in the 2014 Four Nations, before making his Australia debut in the 2016 Anzac Test.

McGuire was selected for the Australia train-on squad for the 2016 Ladbrokes Four Nations, but did not make the 24-man squad that travelled to England.

Carlos Tuimavave

Carlos, like Frank Pritchard, won the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup with Hull FC.

After joining Hull from NRL side Newcastle Knights, Tuimavave had an impressive 2016 where he found himself playing at number 6 in the FC setup.

In 2017, Tuimavave has featured in the centres where he has scored five tries in six games.

Tuimavave has represented Samoa three times and scored his only international try in the victory against Fiji during the 2014 Pacific Test.

Sam Kasiano

The 2012 Dally M NRL Prop of the year is just 26 years old but has plenty of experience.

Kasiano has played 124 games for Canterbury Bulldogs, where he often partners England prop James Graham in the front row.

Sam represented New Zealand at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup but has since switched allegiances to Samoa, for whom he has featured three times since 2015.

The prop was hailed a hero for Samoa in the 2015 Pacific Test against Tonga, where he made a try-saving tackle and was named Man of the Match.

Dominique Peyroux

The second Saints man on the list and the first to still play in Betfred Super League.

Peyroux has represented Samoa three times and scored the winning try for Samoa in the 2015 Pacific Test against Tonga.

Before representing Samoa, Dom played for Cook Islands in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

Mose Masoe

The prop is well known to the Saints faithful after a two-year spell with the club.

Masoe made over 50 appearances for St Helens, scoring 10 tries in the process.

Mose started at prop in Saints’ 2014 Grand Final victory over Wigan Warriors.

The New Zealand born Masoe represented Samoa seven times during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and 2014 Four Nations.

Jesse Sene-Lefao

Sene-Lefao has been a revelation since joining Castleford Tigers from Cronulla Sharks this season.

The forward has caused havoc in defences and made a name for himself with his runs.

Jesse featured twice for Samoa in 2014, including an appearance from the interchange against England in the 2014 Four Nations.

Ben Roberts

Currently sat at the top of the Super League table, Roberts is flying with Castleford Tigers in 2017.

Roberts joined the Tigers in 2015, where he had an impressive first season in Super League.

A foot injury kept the half back out for most of 2016, but he has started the 2017 season well with four tries and four assists from eight games.

Ben made his international debut for New Zealand but represented Samoa for the first time in 2008. Roberts has gone on to play twelve games for Samoa, including featuring at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

Daniel Vidot

The Samoan international played for Salford Red Devils in Super League for the 2016 season.

Daniel made just six appearances for the Red Devils, scoring five tries in the process. Vidot has now returned to the NRL with Gold Coast Titans where he has scored two tries in three appearances during 2017.

The winger has appeared 10 times and scored six tries for Toa Samoa, including one against England at the 2014 Four Nations.

 

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