‘We’re tired of seeing Australia win’: Hull-born assistant coach Lee Radford hopes to leave an English stamp on the Samoan fairy tale… as the Pacific islanders aim to create a huge upset against the Kangaroos in the Rugby League World Cup Final
- Australia have won eight of the last nine Rugby League World Cup tournaments
- Kangaroos will face Samoa in the final on Saturday night at Old Trafford
- Samoa assistant coach Lee Radford was born in Hull and will be hoping his side pull off the upset to prevent Australia winning again.
By David Coverdale for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 GMT, November 18, 2022 | Updated: 23:02 GMT, November 18, 2022
There is an Englishman who could still win the World Cup at Old Trafford on Saturday night.
Although the host nation will not play in the final, Hull-born Lee Radford will be there as assistant coach to their semi-final conquerors Samoa.
And the Castleford boss expects the crowd of over 60,000 to support the Pacific Islanders against Australia, who are looking to lift the trophy for the ninth time in 10 editions.
Lee Radford wants to leave an English stamp on Samoa’s fairytale World Cup campaign
Samoa have already caused a shock this tournament by beating England in the semi-finals
“We’re sick of seeing Australia win,” Radford said. “You will have a lot of local support. Let’s hope this little nation causes an upheaval.
Whatever the outcome, this “little dot in the middle of the Pacific” – to quote their head coach Matt Parish – has already made waves by becoming the first Tier 2 country to reach the final.
The flags of Samoa, which has a population of just 200,000, have not only sold in their own capital, Apia, but also in Sydney and Auckland, home to large Samoan communities.
“It’s gone global,” said Stephen Crichton, who scored the game-winning drop goal in the semifinals. “The flags sold out everywhere. It’s crazy that it has gone global.
Samoa look to upset the odds by beating Australia at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon
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