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Sio called into Samoa squad to replace injured Iosefa

Rugby League Samoa (RLS) are pleased to announce that Michael Sio of the NZ Warriors U20s has been called in to replace injured Wests Tigers hooker, Masada Iosefa.
Sio called into Samoa squad to replace injured Iosefa
by rleague.com

Rugby League Samoa (RLS) are pleased to announce that Michael Sio of the NZ Warriors U20s has been called in to replace injured Wests Tigers hooker, Masada Iosefa.

Sio will be in the UK ahead of the Kiwis match on Monday morning (NZ time).

Sio got the call from Toa Samoa's head coach Matt Parish on Monday while in the Gold Coast after competing for Samoa U20s at the Tag20 International Cup. Two days later he was at the Auckland Airport departing for the UK.

The 21-year-old is the youngest addition to the 26-man-squad and said he was "nervous but excited at the same time. I've still got goose-bumps at being selected for the team, especially with so many big name players."

A former St Paul's College head prefect in 2011, Sio is also from the Marist Saints Club in Auckland. He has represented the NZ Residents 18s in 2011, Toa NZ Residents in 2012 and is the 2013 Player of the Year winner at the Vodafone National Youth Competition (NYC) at the Vodafone Junior Warriors' Awards.

RLS management said they chose Sio because "he's an up and coming player with versatile skills. An ex-centre who can play in second row, loose forward and hooker."

"He had a really good season and is currently off-contract with the NZ Warriors so he's available to any club and Toa Samoa. It's a well deserved achievement."

Toa Samoa take on the NZ Kiwis at 6am (NZ time) on Monday 28 October, live on Sky Sports (NZ).

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