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The Rugby League Samoa (RLS) board has today confirmed the coaching squad for Toa Samoa heading into this year’s Rugby League World Cup in England.

The announcement will see Panthers assistant coach Andrew Webster, former Leeds mentor Richard Agar and former Toa Samoa captain Frank Pritchard join Matt Parish’s staff for the mid-year Test match against the Cook Islands and the end of the season tournament.

Sea Eagles athletic performance specialist Rubin Ruzicka (strength and conditioning), former Dragons coach Andrew Farrar (team manager) and former dual code star Fereti Tuilagi (culture manager) will also join the expanded coaching squad.

Rugby League Samoa president Tagaloa Faafouina Su’a said the announcement would end speculation about the nation’s coaching for the Pacific Test and World Cup.

“The board and executive of RL Samoa are mindful of the media speculation and subsequent concerns from our fans on issues surrounding our staff,” Su’a said.

“Recent media commentary has speculated on the interest in coaching Toa Samoa by several individuals but, let me be clear, as of now, we have not sort or received any official interest or approaches from any of these parties.

“We are confident in the players and staff we have and urge our nation and our fans to continue to show your support and offer your prayers.”