Rugby League: Kiwis winger Jamayne Isaako switches allegiance to Toa Samoa

Brisbane Broncos winger Jamayne Isaako has become the second member of NZ Kiwis team to pledge his allegiance to Toa Samoa for next weekend's Oceania Cup clash against Papua New Guinea.

Isaako was named in Toa Samoa's 18-man squad for test at Leichhardt Oval, alongside Martin Taupau, who announced on Friday he'd play for the island nation for the first time since 2013, after 24 tests for the Kiwis.

Both players were named in Michael Maguire's extended New Zealand squad last week, but made the decision to play under Matt Parish, who hopes their choices will have a similar impact as the defections of Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fiftia to Tonga during the World Cup.

The team also include Warriors halfback Chanel Harris-Tavita, along with former Auckland-based players Mason Lino, Raymond Faitala Mariner and James Gavet.

Broncos half Anthony Milford will captain the team.

Papua New Guinea coach Michael Marum also named his side's squad, with a strong mix of youth and experience.

The Kumuls squad features Brisbane hooker James Segeyaro, Canterbury second-rower Rhyse Martin, Roosters halfback Lachlan Lam and North Queensland utility Kurt Baptiste, along with six debutants.

The match kicks off at 9:55pm (NZT) Saturday, after the Fiji v Lebanon test at 7:40pm.


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