In something of a trend reversal, if last year’s representative rugby defectors from Australia to countries such as Tonga, Fiji and Samoa could rightfully be characterized as actual defections, or a trend, for that matter, Phillip Sami has come out to say that he wants to play rep rugby for Queensland and not Samoa.
He plays for the Gold Coast Titans in the Telstra 2018 NRL Premiership competition and he felt a compulsion to point out that he wants to continue on with Queensland, where he has past experience at jnder-20s.
Sami is just getting launched on his stint as a first grader and he missed out playing for Queensland last year due to a knee injury and wants nothing more than to wear the maroon jersey for Origin.
Unlike Andrew Fifita, who raised quite a ruckus by abandoning Queensland and making himself unavailable for Origin selection, Sami was unequivocal in his desire to play for Queensland, even though he admitted that he would, at some point, welcome the chance to play for Samoa.
“Playing for Queensland is something every kid dreams of and I want to play that one day,” Sami told foxsports.com.au. “But I’m only new to first grade. I have some work to do to get to there but I’d love to play for Queensland. Obviously because my parents are from Samoa, to represent Samoa for my parents and grandparents would make them proud but I’m a Queenslander. I’m a young kid. I’ve just started my career. I have a lot of improvement to make before that stuff comes.”
Odd sounding, is it not, for a young kid to admit to being a young kid?
Sami has had injury difficulties, twice breaking his collarbone, first in the Mal Meninga tournament semifinal and again, when it cost him a chance of a Schoolboys jersey and a spot in 18s Origin.
For the moment, however, Sami says that he is concentrating on his duties with the Titans, but would welcome a future chance to play for Queensland and Samoa, something he could see happen sooner, rather than later.