Joseph Suaalii tipped to become a superstar


Teenage sensation Joseph Suaalii has the world at his feet and can become a household name in the game after starring for Samoa at the World Cup.

That’s the view of his Samoa team-mate Anthony Milford and international head coach Matt Parish.

Suaalii may only be 19 but he has already had a huge impact on the game, having scored 16 tries in 24 NRL games for Sydney Roosters.

And he took his game to the next level this fall, playing for his beloved Samoa on the international stage.

“He’s a monster, there’s no doubt about it, but he’s just building so the sky is the limit for him,” Milford said after Samoa’s 20-18 World Cup quarter-final win against Tonga.

Joseph Suaalii has a remarkable career ahead of him

The 6-foot-5, 100kg prodigy is comfortable playing at fullback, center or wing and has impressed for the Roosters this year.

“He was unbelievable for a 19-year-old kid,” Samoa coach Matt Parish said after their emphatic quarter-final win over Tonga. “He was amazing for our group.

“For a young man, he was well brought up and well educated. He’s definitely enjoying the ride right now, which is good.

“He’s a very good (back) isn’t he? I think he would be good in any position you put him in. H

“He’s a professional and he has a long career ahead of him which is going to be exciting to watch. To say that he was part of that, I’m happy for him too. He could have chosen to play for Australia obviously and he signed up for Samoa like a lot of these young men, which is very nice.

Kristian Woolf: We let it get through us

Joseph Suaalii Samoa AP

Tonga coach Kristian Woolf complimented Suaalii after their defeat.

“We let the young Suaalii cross us in the second half,” Woolf said. “I thought we had to be a lot better there.

“He’s obviously a good player and a powerful athlete. He had a real impact today. We had to be better with him in terms of how we treated him. But all credit to him and the Samoan team they played to their potential Guys like him really stood up and played well in a big game today and they deserve a lot of credit there.

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