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Tonga v Samoa - 7 May 2016 @ Parramatta

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I expect the teams to be named Sunday or Monday and Tonga will be holding a fan day at St Marys Leagues Club.

 

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Both teams will look a bit different from the last time these 2 met. Samoa will be without Daniel Vidot, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh McGuire, Michael Sio, Frank Pritchard and Dominique Peyroux. Tonga will be missing Richie Fa-aoso, Sika Manu, Murdoch-Masila and Joel Luani.

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Samoa holding fan day at Campbelltown. Team expected Sunday.

 

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And it now transpires that Brisbane coach, a certain Mr Bennett,the man entrusted by the RFL to aid the international game, has refused Anthony Milford the opportunity to play for Samoa! Make of that what you will.

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And it now transpires that Brisbane coach, a certain Mr Bennett,the man entrusted by the RFL to aid the international game, has refused Anthony Milford the opportunity to play for Samoa! Make of that what you will.

No, the RLIF rules prevent Milford from playing for Samoa because Milford changed his eligibility to OZ.

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No, the RLIF rules prevent Milford from playing for Samoa because Milford changed his eligibility to OZ.

Some media articles are saying Milford would meet the requirements as the restrictions runs out a few days before the game.

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Yes I read that and it's technically correct but it means Milford has to stay with Samoa until after the WC.

 

3.3 A player who is eligible to play for more than one country shall be entitled to elect for which country he wishes to play.  When a player plays a Senior International Match for a country, he is deemed to have elected to play for that country.  Subject to Rule 3.5, once an election is made the player may not play Senior representative rugby league for any other country until the end of the next World Cup tournament, or the expiry of two years, whichever is earlier (“Election Period”).

 

3.4 After the expiry of an Election Period, the player may elect to play for another country if he is eligible, but once he so elects (or is deemed to elect by playing in a Senior International Match) he may not play for another country until the expiry of another Election Period.

 

3.5 During an Election Period, a player may change from one country to another for which he is eligible pursuant to Rule 3.1, with the approval of the Federation (but he may only change once in each Election Period).

 

http://www.rlif.com/about-rlif/laws_regulations

 

So Milford has to make up his mind. If he plays for Samoa on 6 May, he can only play for Samoa at the WC2017 then he would need to wait at least 2 years, without playing for Samoa,  before playing for anyone else. It's not clear where this would leave his Origin status but, hopefully, it would force the ARLC to make a ruling on Origin, one way or the other.

 

I say Milford's 21, explain the various permutations to him, tell him to make his own decision and don't bend any rules for him in 6 months when he wants to change his mind. Don't forget he also wanted to play for the Junior Kiwis.

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Yes I read that and it's technically correct but it means Milford has to stay with Samoa until after the WC.

3.3 A player who is eligible to play for more than one country shall be entitled to elect for which country he wishes to play. When a player plays a Senior International Match for a country, he is deemed to have elected to play for that country. Subject to Rule 3.5, once an election is made the player may not play Senior representative rugby league for any other country until the end of the next World Cup tournament, or the expiry of two years, whichever is earlier (“Election Period”).

3.4 After the expiry of an Election Period, the player may elect to play for another country if he is eligible, but once he so elects (or is deemed to elect by playing in a Senior International Match) he may not play for another country until the expiry of another Election Period.

3.5 During an Election Period, a player may change from one country to another for which he is eligible pursuant to Rule 3.1, with the approval of the Federation (but he may only change once in each Election Period).

http://www.rlif.com/about-rlif/laws_regulations

So Milford has to make up his mind. If he plays for Samoa on 6 May, he can only play for Samoa at the WC2017 then he would need to wait at least 2 years, without playing for Samoa, before playing for anyone else. It's not clear where this would leave his Origin status but, hopefully, it would force the ARLC to make a ruling on Origin, one way or the other.

I say Milford's 21, explain the various permutations to him, tell him to make his own decision and don't bend any rules for him in 6 months when he wants to change his mind. Don't forget he also wanted to play for the Junior Kiwis.

That all may be true but it's up to the RLIF to enforce the rules not a coach - Bennett has no place getting involved

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Both teams will look a bit different from the last time these 2 met. Samoa will be without Daniel Vidot, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh McGuire, Michael Sio, Frank Pritchard and Dominique Peyroux. Tonga will be missing Richie Fa-aoso, Sika Manu, Murdoch-Masila and Joel Luani.

 

Pritchard is playing in this game.

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As is Sika Manu I believe.

 

Also, is this not on the 7th in fact?

Noted and amended

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Milford has not played an international this cycle, he could elect to play for Samoa next weekend and switch to Australia in 2017 if he wishes, which is of course ridiculous but allowed under the current rules.

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Mate Ma’a Tonga

 

1 David Fusitu’a (New Zealand Warriors)                                                     

2 Mosese Pangai (Townsville Blackhawks)

3 Solomone Kata (New Zealand Warriors)

4 Vai Toutai (Parramatta Eels)

5 Michael Oldfield (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

6 Feleti Mateo (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)

7 Samisoni Langi (North Sydney Bears)

8 Penni Terepo (Parramatta Eels)

9 Sione Katoa (Penrith Panthers)

10 Felise Kaufusi (Melbourne Storm)

11 Sika Manu (Hull FC)

12 Tony Williams (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)

13 Joe Ofahengaue (Brisbane Broncos)

 

14 Nafe Seluini (Sunshine Coast Falcons)

15 David Fifita (Cronulla Sharks)

16 Patrick Kaufusi (North Queensland Cowboys)

17 Siosala Vave (Manly Sea Eagles)

18 Mickey Paea (Newcastle Knights)

 

Coach: Kristian Woolf

 

                                                         

Toa Samoa

 

1 Tim Simona (Wests Tigers)                                     

2 Antonio Winterstein (North Queensland Cowboys)           

3 Kirisome Auva’a (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

4 Ricky Leutele (Cronulla Sharks)

5 Matthew Wright (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)     

6 Fa’amanu Brown (Cronulla Sharks)

7 Pita Godinet (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)

8 Sam Kasiano (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)

9 Kaysa Pritchard (Parramatta Eels)

10 Junior Paulo (Parramatta Eels)

11 Leeson Ah Mau (St George Illawarra Dragons)

12 Frank Pritchard (Hull FC)

13 Sauaso Sue (Wests Tigers)

 

14 Erin Clark (New Zealand Warriors)

15 John Asiata (North Queensland Cowboys)

16 Raymond Faitala-Mariner (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)

17 Sam Tagataese (Cronulla Sharks)

18 Mason Lino (New Zealand Warriors)

 

Coach: Matt Parish

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Looks like the NRL has put a bit of effort into this. Possibly because the Western Sydney AFL team, the Blacktown Bogans, is sitting 5th on the table.

 

Schools Blitz - Greater Western Sydney
Monday 2 May, 9.00am to 3.00pm

 

Pacific Test week will feature a coordinated Schools Blitz program - a joint initiative delivered by the Western Sydney Game Development team and the NRL Pacific Ambassadors. The profile group will feature players who are of Pacific Island heritage and have recently moved on from the game after very successful careers in the NRL competition.

The engagement will provide a unique opportunity for ambassadors to connect with young people through talks on cultural leadership, traditions, values and social responsibility.

 

 

Pacific Test Fiji Fundraiser - Parramatta Leagues Club
Wednesday 4 May, 7.30am to 9.00am

 

Pacific Test Corporate Breakfast – Charity Fundraiser. Event focussed on promoting trades into the Pacific Communities residing in the Western Sydney region, and raising much needed funds for the Petero Civoniceva Foundation to provide aid support to cyclone ravaged Fiji.

 

 

Open Training/Fan Days - Greater Western Sydney
Thursday 5 May, 3.30pm to 5.30pm

 

Pacific Test week will provide an opportunity for supporters to attend exclusive open training sessions prior to game day.

The tailored fan activations will take place in four different locations across the Greater Western Sydney region. Fans are invited to watch their National teams go through their paces, before meeting the players for signatures and photo opportunities.

 

Tonga Fan Day

St Marys Leagues Club
Cnr Forrester Rd & Boronia Rd
St Marys NSW 2760
3.30pm to 5.30pm

 

Samoa Fan Day

Campbelltown Stadium
Pembroke Rd, Leumeah
NSW 2560
3.30pm to 5.30pm

 

Fiji & PNG Fan Day

Pirtek Stadium
O'Connell St, Parramatta
NSW 2150
3.30pm to 5.30pm

 

Pacific Youth Summit - Western Sydney University, Parramatta
Friday 6 May, 9.00am to 5.00pm

 

The inaugural Pacific Youth Summit invites 100 youth of Pacific Island heritage from across the Greater Western Sydney region and will feature development workshops, talks, activities and powerful presentations all tailored to the empowerment of Pacific youth.

The Summit will be delivered by NRL Community team and features Pacific Ambassadors, community leaders and industry experts. The Summit will open a channel for Pacific youth to share their thoughts, ideas and visions for the future and provide a platform for them to feel valued and respected.

 

 

The Big Island Festival - Centenary Square
Saturday 7 May, 10.00am to 2.00pm

 

Pacific Food and Dance Festival will be held on the grounds of Centenary Square on game-day prior to gates opening. The Festival is an integral component of the game-day program to maximise fan and community/public engagement.

Key features of the Festival include live cultural performances and local talent, NRL players of Pacific Island heritage, traditional cuisine with dedicated kava stations and adornment stalls.

 

 

Pacific Test Double Header - Pirtek Stadium
Saturday 7 May

 

Pirtek Stadium will play host to the Pacific Test Double Header featuring the national teams of Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.

Within the stadium the celebration of Pacific cultures continues with food stalls, Pasifika markets, Pacific music and of course cultural performances.

 

Game day info: 

3.00pm - Gates Open

3.15pm - Junior Kangaroos v Junior Kiwis

5.35pm - Papua New Guinea Kumuls v Fiji Bati

7.40pm - Mate Ma'a Tonga v Toa Samoa

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Both sides lined up for their ethnic bogan rituals, which just looked like a long. stupid staring contest. I don't think they knew who was going first.

 

No we're off. Samoans yelling and threatening carnage against Tongans. - it's just like every Friday night in Mt Druitt

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Now that's weird. The Samoan jumpers don't all match. The white figuring on the back is only both sides of the number on half the jumpers.

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4min:  Mosese Pangai scores for Tonga - Kata converts 6-0

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11min.Sione Katoa scores for Tonga but he was offside. Tonga still lead 6-0

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14min: Winterstein scores in the corner for Samoa.  4-6 kick to come

 

Fa'amanu Brown conversion. 6-6

 

Tongan half Samisoni Langi gone with ACL.

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Frank Pritchard smacks Oldfield across the nose with the forearm. On report.

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26min: Pritchard touches down .... bunker checks ......  knock-on surely .........  NO TRY

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Sosia Vave knocks out Kaysa Pritchard with a head clash. Off to the head bin.

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38min: Solomone Kata knees Auva'a. Goes on report.

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40min: siren's gone while Samoa line up a penalty kick.

 

HT: Samoa leads 8-6

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Game of 2 halves.... anyone could win ...... team that scores the most points will probably give themselves a good chance of being there in the last 10 minutes ......

 

Some great play, just lacking that execution on the last-tackle plays.

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