TOA noun. warrior, brave
TOA adjective. plural. be courageous
Western Samoa has participated in the Pacific Cup (1988-1996), World Sevens,(1994, 1995) and Super League World Nines (1996, 1997) competitions. Samoa has participated in the Pacific Cup (since 1998), World Cup (since 2000), World Sevens (2003) and Pacific Rim (2004) competitions. That Samoan team had the benefit of ex-All Black, John Schuster and Va'aiga Tuigamala in their backline. However, when rugby union became professional, players such as Apollo Perelini and Fereti Tuilagi left rugby league to return to the 15-man game.
2008 Rugby League World Cup campaign
Samoa played in the Pacific Pool of the 2008 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers. They beat the Cook Islands and Fiji, but lost to Tonga. On a points difference, Samoa came in third and had to play USA in the Repecharge Semi Final. Samoa won this match 42-10 and then played Lebanon on 14 November 2007 in the Repecharge Final to see who would take the 10th and final World Cup place.
Samoa came out eventual winners of the 10th and final 2008 Rugby League World Cup place beating Lebanon 38-16 at the Chris Moyles Stadium, Featherstone, England