The Samoan team at the WC are being backed by the Samoan Government, but this comes with conditions:-
We’ve also given [the team] our advice that if they embarrass us again, this is the last tournament the government will assist with. We will stop it.
Also, there's some interesting views on RL by the Samoan PM-
Speaking about Toa Samoa’s preparations, the Prime Minister is confident the team would do well; pointing out that league doesn't involve too many technical drills like scrums and line-outs. He said all rugby league players need to do is pick up the ball, run hard at the opponent and sidestep.