Papalii, Pritchard lead strong Samoa squad for Equex Centre clash

COMING IN: Canberra Raiders star Josh Papalii has been named in Samoa's squad to play in Wagga on Friday months after lining up for the Kangaroos.
COMING IN: Canberra Raiders star Josh Papalii has been named in Samoa's squad to play in Wagga on Friday months after lining up for the Kangaroos.

Frank Pritchard will lead Samoa into their clash with Country at Equex Centre on Friday.

The Samoans named their squad for the World Cup, and the warm-up clash at Wagga, on Friday.

The 23-man squad to full of players with plenty of NRL experience

Josh Papalii was a surprise inclusion.

The Canberra forward has played eight Tests for Australia, including this year’s game against New Zealand in May, but is set to make his Samoan debut.

He joins Raiders teammat Joey Leilua in the team to tackle the best under 23-year-olds in Wagga.

Junior Paulo, who also plays for Canberra, is also in the squad but is unavailable for the clash in Wagga alongside former Bulldogs halfback Ben Roberts, who is playing in the Super League grand final this weekend, and Ricky Leutele.

Coach Matt Parish believes he has assembled a strong, experienced squad.

“Despite some players being unavailable due to injury we have a very strong squad that will do Samoa proud,” Parish said.

SAMOA SQUAD

Frank Pritchard © (Parramatta), Bunty Afoa (Warriors), Leeson Ah Mau (St George Illawarra), Faamanu Brown (Cronulla), Herman Ese’ese (Brisbane), Pita Godinet (Manly), Joseph Leilua (Canberra), Ricky Leutele (Cronulla), Sam Lisone (Warriors), Jarmoine Luai (Penrith), Suaia Matagi (Parramatta), Peter Mata’utia (Newcastle), Sione Mata’utia (Newcastle), Ken Maumalo (Warriors), Tautau Moga (Brisbane), Zane Musgrave (South Sydney), Josh Papalii (Canberra), Joseph Paulo (Cronulla), Junior Paulo (Canberra), Ben Roberts (Castleford), Sam Tagataese (Cronulla), Jazz Tevaga (Warriors), Young Tonumaipea (Melbourne), Matthew Wright (Manly)