23 Sep 2011

Sport: Anderson thrilled at Pritchard coup, wont chase players

10:34 am on 23 September 2011

New Samoan rugby league coach Daniel Anderson says it's a coup securing the services of former Kiwis backrower Frank Pritchard.

The Bulldogs enforcer has pledged his international future to the Pacific nation after

Daniel Anderson says there's a number of other players with dual eligibility floating around he'd be keen to include in the team but he says he won't go chasing individuals.

"It's up to the player themselves to want to play for Samoa and we've got some that are Samoan eligible and they've identified they'd like to remain available for New South Wales in the Origin; remain available for the Kiwis. Yeah we acknowledge their wishes and requests and we're looking for players that want to play for Samoa and we've got a pretty good squad to pick from."

Daniel Anderson says tours like next months three-game trip to the United Kingdom are crucial for Pacific Island nations to help them close the gap with the world's top teams and make playing for the likes of Samoa more attractive to players.