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‘I’d love a talk with Brian’: Meninga out to woo To’o for Kangaroos

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“But I’ll always ask the question, and I’ve made it known if you play Origin, you should be eligible to play for Australia.

“Brian is not a person who stays out on the wing, he’ll come in and generate that momentum for you. He’s not tall but he’s very good under the high ball, extremely good with his carries, can offload and makes really good decisions defensively. He’s the real deal and has all the skills you want in a winger.”

To’o, Luai, Moses Leota and Stephen Crichton are some of the Samoans in the Panthers side determined to help the Pacific nation become an international league powerhouse, similar to the way Jason Taumalolo helped overhaul the Tongans.

To’o will need to get through a series of fitness tests before Saturday, with Brent Naden named to start on the wing. To’o was a late scratching because of an ankle injury against the Eels.

To’o’s best friend Luai said on Tuesday: “He’s looking good, he was training with us today as well and hopefully he gets through the next couple of tests throughout the week and he’s sweet to play.

“Everyone trained today, ‘Kiks’ [Kikau] is still sooking about his cut [on his knee], but he’ll be sweet this weekend. The boys are pumped.”

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