England test a possibility for Toa Samoa in 2020
The Toa Samoa missed out on tests against the best of Oceania in 2020, but could still play against top competition in the form of England.
Finishing second in the Oceania Shield meant the Toa failed to qualify for next year’s Oceania Cup, where they would have played Australia, New Zealand and Tonga.
But The Sun’s Gary Carter reported that Samoa is a possible opponent for England in June.
England’s Rugby Football League want to set an international for the weekend of June 21, coinciding with State of Origin II.
Carter reported that New Zealand are set to play Tonga that weekend, and if that test cannot be moved England will look at Samoa and the Cook Islands for a game.
“Samoa would love to play England mid-season,” Rugby League Samoa chairman Geoff Brown said.
“We'd be a great opponent as we're looking to topple more competitive nations. Let's hope they see Samoa as a good challenge.”
Rugby League Samoa are also looking to secure the international allegiance of Sonny Bill Williams, who is returning to the sport in 2020 having signed a $17 million tala deal with Super League club Toronto Wolfpack.