24 Oct 2007

Former Samoan rugby union player selected for Great Britain League team

11:03 am on 24 October 2007

A Samoan rugby league prop has been selected for the Great Britain squad to play New Zealand this weekend.

Twenty-seven-year-old Maurie Fa'asavalu represented Samoa in the 2003 rugby union world cup.

He's since played for the British league side St Helens, and now qualifies for the British national team under the three year residency rule.

His team-mate at St Helens, the full-back Paul Wellens, said it was something that Fa'asavalu had thought long and hard about.

Wellens said Fa'asavalu is a proud Samoan who had played all his rugby league within Britain -- and has lived in St Helens for nearly four years.

The league test series against New Zealand starts in Huddersfield on Sunday morning.