BY Alan Ah Mu
APIA: FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER 2013: One more humiliating result and state help for the national rugby league team, the Toa Samoa, stops.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi issued Rugby League Samoa that warning on his weekly programme on state radio 2AP yesterday.
“Much state money was given to help RLS,” Tuilaepa said.
That includes funds for preparations for the World Cup, which starts for Toa Samoa with a game against reigning champions New Zealand on 27 October at Halliwell James Stadium, Warrington.
The Prime Minister did not refer to any particular defeat which prompted his warning but it is known his displeasure at the 36-4 destruction of Toa Samoa by Tonga in their historic ANZAC Day clash earlier in the year.
He told rugby league officials “the players played like boys not yet old enough to be circumcised.”
Just over half of the squad humiliated that day remain in the World Cup side.
The survivors are Antonio Winterstein, Daniel Vidot, Leeson Ah Mau, Ben Roberts, David Fa’alogo, Pita Godinet, Mark Taufua, Junior Sa’u and Masada Iosefa.
For the 2013 World Cup, Government owned Samoa International Finance Authority (SIFA) Board has purchased the Jersey Naming Rights Sponsorship for Toa Samoa to the value of $650,000.00 and gives SIFA primary branding rights to the team outfits and playing kits for the World Cup in the United Kingdom later this month, October.
Benefits for SIFA include:
· Toa Samoa Jersey Primary Name Rights sponsor for Rugby League World Cup 2013;
· Minimum of 20 tickets to all Toa Samoa matches;
· Media coverage through a global network;
· Logo on website;
· Acknowledgement in printed media and social media network;
· Branding on local billboards.
Toa Samoa 2013 World Cup squad:
1. Anthony Milford (Canberra Raiders) 2. Antonio Winterstein (Nth Qld Cowboys) 3. Leeson Ah Mau (St George Dragons) 4. Joseph Leilua (New Castle Knights) 5. Daniel Vidot (St George Dragons) 6. Ben Roberts (Paramatta Eels) 7. Reni Maitua (Paramatta Eels) 8. Mark Taufua (South Sydney Rabitohs) 9. Masada Iosefa (West Tigers) 10. David Fa’alogo (New Castle Knights) 11. Sauaso Sue (West Tigers) 12. Suaia Matagi (Auckland Warriors) 13. Pita Godinet (Auckland Warriors) 14. Mose Masoe (Penrith Panthers) 15. Tim Lafai (Canterbury Bulldogs) 16. Penani Manumaleali’i (Cronulla Sharks) 17. Junior Moors (Melbourne Storm) 18. Teofilo Lepou (Marist Saints – Samoa) 19. Faleniu Iosi (Letava Bulldogs – Samoa) 20. Ionatana Tino (Apia Baracudas – Samoa) 21. Arden McCarthy (Point Chev Pirates – NZ) 22. Edward Purcell (Mt Albert Lions – NZ) 23. Harrison Hansen (Wigan – UK) 24. Iosia Soliola (St Helens – UK) 25. Frank Winterstein (Widnes – UK) 26. Junior Sa’u (Melbourne Storm) 27. Steve Matai Manly Sea Eagles.
Management: 28. Mathew Parish Coach 29. Ponifasio Vasa A/Coach – Samoa 30. Sean Long A/Coach – UK 31. Scott Campbell Condition Coach – St George Dragons 32. Klinton Hoare Trainer – High Performance – Australia 33. Eddie Farah Physio – South Sydney Rabittohs 34. Tuimatafele Fritz Tuiavii General Manager 35. Patele Fereti Tautunu Chaplain 36. Anna Barwell Media – Rugby League Samoa (NSW) 37. Dave Humphrey Doctor UK 38. Alan Clarke Kitman – St Helens UK 39. Andy Lee Liaison Oficer – UK.