Podcast: Willie Poching on Samoan pride, making up with Matt Parish and how to beat England

George Riley
Willie Poching

Samoa’s 2000 World Cup captain Willie Poching joins Love Rugby League’s George Riley for a special semi-final podcast as Samoa seek revenge on England, and New Zealand bid to topple world champions Australia.

Poching discuss the pride and emotion of watching Samoa beat Tonga in a memorable quarter-final in Warrington, and reveals the key components to Samoa’s remarkable resurgence since their 60-6 defeat to England on the opening day of the competition.

The former Wakefield coach also reveals the truth behind being turned away from Samoa’s training base and the subsequent conversations with head coach Matt Parish, and discusses why Parish has been so prickly with the media during the tournament.

Poching also reveals his own future plans, and how he and his family are discussing leaving the UK after 25 years in the British game.

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