20 Nov 2022

Alf Filipaina: Celebrating Toa Samoa

From Sunday Morning, 8:10 am on 20 November 2022

Australia made it three Rugby League World Cups in a row at Old Trafford this morning. But many were more emotionally invested in the team opposing them.

Toa Samoa may not have won but a lot of people in the world were willing Samoa to win, and certainly a great many in Samoa and Aotearoa. 30-1

What a morning for Samoan communities across New Zealand.

Joining us is Alf Filipaina Auckland City councillor, brother of the late Olsen Filipaina, The Big O, who died earlier this year, and who played top league in Australia, captained Samoa, and also played for New Zealand. 

Toa Samoa supporters in Auckland, 20 November 2022. Toa Samoa were defeated by Australia 30-10 in the  Rugby League World Cup final in Manchester.

Toa Samoa supporters in Auckland Photo: RNZ / Marika Khabazi

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