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Sport Willie Mason calls for sacking of Samoa coach Matt Parish as Sonny Bill Williams weights up international defection

07:40  16 november  2019
07:40  16 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Former Canterbury Bulldogs and Australian front-rower Willie Mason has called on Samoa to sack coach Matt Parish in order to entice stars such as Sonny Bill Williams to play for them. With SBW's return to the 13-man game confirmed by Super League side Toronto Wolfpack last week

Sonny Bill Williams , pictured in his last rugby league test against Australia in 2013, is being chased by Samoa for a test return. The Kiwis could face a Samoa coach Matt Parish admits also expects the Kiwis to chase Williams , saying: "They'd be crazy not to". After 58 tests and two Rugby World Cup

Former Canterbury Bulldogs and Australian front-rower Willie Mason has called on Samoa to sack coach Matt Parish in order to entice stars such as Sonny Bill Williams to play for them.

With SBW's return to the 13-man game confirmed by Super League side Toronto Wolfpack last week, there has been speculation that the dual-code superstar will defect from New Zealand to play for Samoa.

Both Mason and former Australian centre Willie Tonga played with Williams throughout his time at the Bulldogs and suggests there is a real possibility that he will pull on the blue jersey in time for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

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“Yeah maybe," Tonga said on the Horo-Scope podcast with former Parramatta and Manly forward Justin Horo.

“There are things that he hasn't done and that’s one of them,

“If he’s going to go back to Samoa then they need to raise the bar for him," Mason added.

“He could be that Taumalolo, Fifita type player in what they’ve done for Tonga."

However, Mason believes that the side needs to sack the current board and coach Matt Parish, suggesting that players don't like or respect him.

“Samoa has digressed so far it’s ridiculous," he believes.

“I know for a fact that they are absolutely filthy with the coach and they need to get rid of Matt Parish and the whole organisation,

“They’ve been disgraceful since 2017, you saw in that World Cup people putting on 10 kilos.

“That’s just disrespectful for the coach and the training staff because you don't do that to a coach that you respect,

“Look at the Tongan side, they stood down and were willing not to play for Kristian Woolf."

Mason accused Parish of failing to buy into the culture of the side and trying to prevent them from celebrating their heritage.

“I heard that he is not buying into the culture and I know for a fact that there are some big people behind the scenes trying to get rid of him,

“They won’t go forward unless he’s gone.

“If you have a coach that is sort of frowning on it and not buying in and asking questions what you’re doing,

"If you’re an Aussie coming into that camp, you have to act Tongan or Samoan or Fijian.

“That’s what all these other coaches do and I hear he's not doing it.”

This was a huge issue for Tonga, who believes that this has stopped players from bonding and buying into his culture.

"I’ve heard stories that they have prayers in the morning, he doesn't allow that and he wants to take that stuff away," Tonga said.

“That’s what brings teams together,

“That’s what brings the islanders together."

Mason believes that this is the primary reason why players such as Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Ken Maumalo have not made a Taumalolo-like move back to Samoa, believing that the return of Sonny Bill and the sacking of Parish would be essential towards bringing them back.

“If he declares himself eligible for the 2021 World Cup, you don't think that guys like Tuivasa Sheck and Maumalo and all that will come back?" he asked.

“They were willing to go and play when Tonga made those decisions,

“If Matt Parish wasn't coach, I swear about three or four of them would’ve turned over and played for Samoa.

“100% it was because of the coaching and the whole system that they have over there."

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