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Toa Samoa yet to name squad for Pacific test in May

Despite the squad not being named yet, Su’a said there are international names who have been representing Samoa in international test matches expected to join the team.


Sydney Roosters trying to lure Sonny Bill Williams back - report

The Daily Telegraph reports the National Rugby League club has met with Williams' agent Khoder Nasser in the past week and will attempt to lure the headline grabbing All Black midfielder back to Bondi Junction with a lifetime contract.

Roosters boss Nick Politis wants Williams wearing a tri-colours jersey as soon as this year — and he's prepared to offer him a multi-million-dollar lifetime contract to make it happen.

Former Toa Samoa star Pita Godinet switches allegiance

The 28 year old former New Zealand Warriors utility has returned home after two years playing for Wakefield in the UK Superleague.

He last played for Samoa in the 2014 Four Nations and 'Amerika Samoa' coach Paul Roebeck says he will add further strength to their line-up.

Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess marries Phoebe Hooke in star-studded wedding

Dressed in a bespoke suit designed by Giorgio Armani, Burgess was joined at the alter by his groomsmen - footballer brothers Luke, Thomas and George, and close friend Chris Feather.

The bride, wearing an Alex Perry gown, was led down the aisle by her bridesmaids - sisters Jemima and Harriett, best friend Phoebe White and sister-in-law Yolanda Hodgson, also dressed in Perry.

Proposed changes might see birth of a Pacific team

The proposal has a New Zealand side along with a Pacific Nation team in the southern conference, while at least one match a week would be broadcast live on the Nine Network.

A new second-tier competition to be introduced in 2018 would include the merger of several Sydney clubs and the inclusion of numerous regional entities.

The proposed Platinum League would involve a southern (NSW) and northern (QLD) conference, with the two winners to meet on NRL grand final day.

Australian Tonga joins Chase at ambitious Centurions

Tonga, who scored eight tries in a dozen games for the Kangaroos, arrives after a season with Catalans Dragons in Super League.

The former Queensland State of Origin star, 32, is the latest big-name recruit for a club that finished top of the Championship last season but then missed out on promotion after failing miserably in the Super 8s.

Ex-England stand-off Rangi Chase, Samoa captain Harrison Hansen and former Hull KR second-row Corey Paterson have all joined from Salford Red Devils in readiness for 2016 along with another international player Reni Maitua.

Samoan Ulugia is set for return to Batley

Powerful centre Ulugia had a brief spell on loan at Batley the English professional league club last season, scoring two tries in three appearances, before injury forced him to return to parent club Bradford Bulls.

Ulugia was full-time at Bradford and the fundraising efforts of supporters group BISSA have played a major part in allowing John Kear to add him to the Bulldogs squad.

Thurston wins Golden Boot again

The 32-year-old, who led the Cowboys to a first NRL grand final triumph and won the Dally M medal for a record fourth time in 2015, beat off competition from New Zealand international Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Leeds' England fullback Zak Hardaker.

England hang on to sink Kiwis

England captain Sean O'Loughlin scored a late try in the wet Wigan stadium, after forward Elliot Whitehead scored twice to the visitors' own three tries.

O'Loughlin powered over eight minutes from time to put England 20-6 ahead against the world's top-ranked side, but the Kiwis fought back in the closing minutes, Samoan-born Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Jordan Kahu grabbing tries to set up a tense finale.

However England hung on to seal their first series win over either World Cup winners Australia or No.1-ranked New Zealand since 2007.

ARL boss, teammate backing Packer

Packer is hoping to revive his NRL career after signing with the St George Dragons in October.

However the 26-year-old is reportedly facing deportation under new Australian immigration laws after being jailed for two years in 2013 for assault.

The office of immigration minister Peter Dutton says Packer's case is being reviewed but no decision has been made at this stage.

Grant says the government's decision is nothing to do with them but he's satisfied Packer has done enough to renew his career.