Freddie Tuilagi played for st Helens.
Va'aiga Tuigamala played for Wigan
John Schuster played for Newcastle knights
All born in Samoa..found after two minutes on Google...there might be others.
There has never even been a rugby league player from Samoa play in the nrl. This year St George Illawarra run some training camps in Samoa and have offered scholarships to 3 Samoan players, this is the first I have heard of this happening. Their entire success is from players born or raised in aus and nz.
Regardless of international growth people will still be saying it is only played in 2 parts of England, two states of Australia and a small suburb of Auckland for decades to come.
International development does look to have a momentum all it's own now. No matter what some newspapers say about us, or the occasional short sighted decisions by some people in RL. International RL keeps on growing and putting down roots in new places.
Seems to be an interesting approach to this in Auckland. Having an Asian only comp and teams because they were too scared to start playing against big Maori and islander guys. After a while some get confident and make the leap to regular competitions