By Alan Ah Mu
APIA: MONDAY 18 MARCH 2013: Sonny Bill Williams holds Samoan citizenship so qualifies to play for Toa Samoa.
“He’s in our long list for the World Cup,” said present of Rugby League Samoa Incorporated, Tagaloa Fa’afouina Su’a.
Otherwise there is no need to get excited.
The long list sounds a bit like a wish list.
But you never know with Sonny Bill.
When Sonny Bill quit rugby league he came to Samoa, got himself a Samoan passport and used that for travel so as not to be noticed along his journey to rugby union in France.
There was uproar.
Now he’s back in rugby league for the Sydney Roosters, for which he quit the All Blacks, and speculations have arisen again as to his next move because he is a Samoan citizen.
He might just hand out another shock and make himself available for Toa Samoa.
The matter has come up because Toa Samoa is scheduled to meet Tonga in a test on April 20.
Tagaloa said the clash with Tonga is “preparation for the big war” – the World Cup in October.
Toa Samoa has no coach.
Daniel Anderson left the job to take over the NRL referees.
Tagaloa said for a replacement they have two candidates in line, one of whom will be picked as coach on either 27 or 28 March.