“Everything about what makes you who you are, is all in this jersey.” Says Sir La’auli Michael Jones.
Ahead of their first World Cup match against the Kiwi’s, Pasifika Futures Board Member Sir La’auli Michael Jones presented the Samoan Rugby League team with their Toa Samoa jerseys.
During the ceremony, Sir La’auli Michael Jones gave an inspiring speech to motivate the young Samoan players before hitting the field at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, encouraging them to always be on their A-game on and off the field by practicing discipline and doing the right thing even when others may not be looking.
He talked of the great pride in having the opportunity to put on the jersey saying “There is such power that is wrapped up in this jersey. It carries with you the history, the legacy, where we have come as Toa Samoa.”
He encouraged teammates to play with their heart and not for monetary gain, keeping in mind the small things as they matter just as much as the bigger things that will follow with success.
“You guys represent not just your family, your parents, your village, your ainga… [you represent] everything that is significant to you personally.” Commented Sir Michael.
We wish Toa Samoa and other Pacific teams well going forward in their Rugby League World Cup journey.