Pritchard, Papalii headline Samoa World Cup squad

first_imgPapalii started in all three State of Origin matches this season and was originally selected to play for Australia in the ANZAC Test in May but was withdrawn due to suspension.The 25-year-old Canberra forward has played nine tests for the Kangaroos but will now wear blue, joining fellow Toa newcomers Zane Musgrove, Jazz Tevaga and Jarome Luai.The squad will be led by Pritchard, who returned to the NRL from the English Super League to join Parramatta this season.The 33-year-old represented the Kiwis at the 2013 World Cup but has since accumulated five test caps for Samoa.Joseph Paulo returns to the side for the first time since 2010 while Ben Roberts, Leeson Ah Mau, Peter and Sione Mata’utia, Sam Tagataese and Tautau Moga add further experience to the squad.A former New Zealand half, Roberts has 12 test caps for Samoa and starred for Castleford in 2017, who take on Leeds in the Super League grand final this weekend.Head coach Matt Parish said it was a strong, experienced squad with the desire to represent Samoa as evident in the disappointment of several NRL players who missed selection.”Despite some players being unavailable due to injury we have a very strong squad that will do Samoa proud,” he said.”It’s a tough group but these boys have lifted before when they have put on the Samoan jersey, and there is a lot of competitiveness to gain selection. I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do.”Rugby League Samoa president Tagaloa Faafouina Su’a said team work would be the focus of the preparations for the squad leading up to the opening game against the Kiwis.”Teamwork requires sacrifice upfront and putting the collective needs of the team ahead of any individual. There is no ‘I’ in team but there is ‘I’ in ‘WIN’,” he said.The Samoa squad will assemble in Sydney next Tuesday and play a Country Rugby League side in Wagga on 13 October.Along with New Zealand, Samoa will face Tonga and Scotland in the World Cup group stages.Samoa squad:Frank Pritchard (C), Bunty Afoa, Leeson Ah Mau, Faámanu Brown, Herman Ese’ese,Pita Godinet, Joey Leilua, Ricky Leutele, Sam Lisone, Jarmoine Luai, Suaia Matagi, Peter Mata’utia, Sione Mata’utia, Ken Maumalo, Tautau Moga, Zane Musgrave, Josh Papalii, Joseph Paulo, Junior Paulo, Ben Roberts, Sam Tagataese, Jazz Tevaga, Young Tonumaipea, Matthew WrightPhoto: PHOTOSPORT Former Kangaroos rep Josh Papalii will represent Samoa at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.last_img read more

The Impact of County, Social Development Projects in Bong

first_imgAs the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf draws to an end, every county administration is working to account for projects undertaken during her administration.One such county official is Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy who was re-appointed by the President immediately upon returning to her job after unsuccessfully contesting for electoral district #6 against Maima Briggs Mensah, an independent candidate in the October 10 elections.The projects in pictures cover the period 2012 to 2017 with funding from the County Development Fund (CDF) and the County Social Development Fund (CSDF).President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last June 21, arrived in Bong County on the final leg of her nationwide farewell tour, which took her to Belefania, Palala, Zota, Mano-Wainsue, Ganmue, and Bellemue, among others.During Superintendent Mappy’s administration, several development projects were completed and were turned over to the people of Bong County by President Sirleaf during her final tour.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more