28 May 2014

Sport: Dragons NRL team eye Samoan talent

1:01 pm on 28 May 2014

The St George Illawarra Dragons are hoping to tap into Samoa's local rugby league talent after spending four days testing players with an eye to bringing them over to Australia.

The trip was orchestrated by Dragons and Toa Samoa Strength and Conditioning coach Scott Campbell, who says more than 200 prospective athletes were put through their paces.

"We worked on their physical ability with endurance, speed and strength testing on day one and a small amount of skills - we brought some more players back on day two - and on day three we played a game and we now have video of their game and we have all of their statistics from the testing. I'm just running over it at the moment to make a decision on what players we will be bringing over to Australia".

Scott Campbell says the chosen players will spend 10 weeks in the Dragons system, with the chance of playing for the NRL Under 20s team or in the lower leagues.

The Dragons already have strong links with Samoan Rugby League, with Toa Samoa internationals Leeson Ah Mau and Peter Mata'utia both a part of the first grade team.