Eels Assistant coach appointed as new head coach of Samoa

Matt Parish

His club side may not be doing well, but that has not stopped the Samoan national side from scouting him out, with Parramatta Eels Assistant coach appointed as the new Samoa coach for their upcoming World Cup campaign.

The role, formerly held by St George Illawarra Dragons coach Steve Price, is now Parish’s, after the Dragons coach and the Samoans agreed to his departure via mutual consent.

Despite his short term as their coach, Samoan RL President Tagaloa Faafouina praised the work Price did for them, his guidance to the team and his appreciation for the Samoan culture.

“Rugby League Samoa operates on faith and trust and we embrace whatever resources we have from time to time given our circumstances. We thank Pricey for his sacrifice and commitment to our team in the past years and again wish him well with his career,” he said.

Parish is also an Assistant coach with the NSW Blues and has an Assistant coach of Viagra the Indigenous All-Stars earlier this year.

The job is one that Parish looks forward to, as he embraces his appointment as head coach of Samoa.

“I feel both honoured and priviledged to have been appointed as the Head Coach of Toa Samoa,” he said.

“Players of Samoa descent have a rich history in the game of Rugby League and that talent pool continues to grow into the future,” said Parish.

“I hope that through my experience working in the NRL, State of Origin and with the Indigenous Allstars, I can help convert that unquestionable talent into results at the World Cup.”

Faafouina said he and Samoan RL are excited by the move and the direction they are headed in.

“Welcome aboard, Mattie. Welcome to another challanging stage,” he said.

“We don’t expect Mattie to do miracles, but we believe he will be a great assest to bring benefits to our team as we are on the look out for accomplishments.”

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