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Manly Sea Eagles veteran Steve Matai to end six-year international exile at 2017 World Cup for Samoa

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by lsz, Apr 6, 2016.

By lsz on Apr 6, 2016 at 2:01 PM
  1. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    MANLY veteran Steve Matai has revealed he’s planning to end a six-year exile from Test football to make an international comeback at the 2017 World Cup.

    Matai hasn’t worn a national jumper since lining up for New Zealand in the 2010 Anzac Test.

    He’s played 10 games overall for the Kiwis but withdrew his availability permanently following the birth of his first child.

    “I’ve turned New Zealand down because the idea of camp, of being away from my boys, it doesn’t appeal to me,” Matai told The Daily Telegraph in 2014 of his decision.

    But he’s told foxsports.com.au he has been in talks with Toa Samoa coaching staff over the possibility of representing his parents’ birth country.

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    Manly centre Steve Matai.Source: News Corp Australia
    Although he was born and grew up in Auckland and has already represented New Zealand, Matai qualifies for Samoa through RLIF eligibility laws.

    He had hoped to pull on the Samoan jumper at the 2013 World Cup, but a broken wrist in the grand final loss to the Roosters thwarted his ambition.

    Four years later Matai is keen to have another crack.

    “I’ve spoken to (fitness coach) Donny Singe, I think he’s taking the Samoan side at the end of the year,” Matai said.

    http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/man...a/news-story/26c7950cde6670b2ea952ca5eb2d7aae
     
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    Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by lsz, Apr 6, 2016.

      1. ALinda

        ALinda Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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        “I would avoid the Test just to stay injury free and be available for Manly,” Matai said.

        “I want to have a rest, rest the body and do everything I can to stay on the field.”

        How good is that?!! Top stuff Stevie - I admire your loyalty and dedication to Manly :inlove: @:D

        And thanks @Isz for a great article.
         
      2. eagle66

        eagle66 Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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        I wonder if that will be his swansong?
         
      3. SeaEagleRock8

        SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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        Matai deserves to play international footy. Interesting that Donny is taking the Samoan side. Expect Steve to put on several kilos.

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