The second annual Rugby League Samoa Island of Origin series kicks off today, when the Upolu Maroons face the Savaii Blues at Prince Edwards Stadium in Lalomalava.
The best of three series will run for three consecutive weeks, with Game Two scheduled for Satupaitea and the final match for Apia Stadium.
The Origin series replaced the old Fantastic Four competition as the premier representative fixture in the Rugby League Samoa domestic calendar.
Upolu come into the series as defending Champions, winning last year’s series 2 – 1.
Rugby League Samoa President, Tagaloa Fa’afouina Su’a, said in an interview with the Samoa Observer that he is very excited about this year’s competition.
“We are looking forward to the second year running of the ‘Islands of Origin’,” said Tagaloa.
“The players selected into the Tumua Reds and Puleono Blues were based on where they were from in Upolu and Savai’i.
“If you were born in Savai’i then you can represent Blues, but if you were born here in Upolu then you can play for the Reds.”
The President also added that all the players in the Blues and Reds team participated in this year’s Samoa National Premier Rugby League Competition.
“We have players from this year’s National Premier Rugby League champions Marist Saints, Apia Barracudas, Letava Bulldogs, West Tigers, Lauli’i Lions, and Falelauniu Storm,” he said.
The School of Origin series, between the SCOPA Cowboys and Marist will be played as a curtain raiser to the three matches.