Rugby League World Cup: Tofiga Fepulea'i of the Laughing Samoans hypes up fans ahead Australia clash

After their devastating 6 to 60 loss against England in October, Samoa was written off by many sports pundits. But it turned out to be one of the greatest sporting comebacks the world has ever seen. 

On Sunday, Samoa shocked England in the semi-final. In the last minutes, Stephen Crichton's drop goal secured Samoa's spot in the final, beating the favs 27 to 26.

The Rugby League World Cup has been dominated by heavy-hitters England, Australia and New Zealand, but in the last few years, players with Pacific heritage have chosen to represent their ancestral homes to bring the trophy to the islands for the first time.

Now Samoa is just one game away from achieving this huge goal - something almost unthinkable just a couple of weeks ago.

The match is being called the biggest moment in the Rugby League World Cup's 68-year history, and fans like Tofiga Fepulea'i of the Laughing Samoans aren't surprised this day has finally come.

"You know, we've always known that if we could get the best of our players we could develop some great results," Fepulea'i told The Project on Friday night.

"We're really proud of them and looking forward to seeing them smashing Australia on Sunday morning!"

And he said the love pouring in from other communities has been a thrill.

"It's really been heartwarming to see all of our other Pacific neighbours, our brothers and sisters, supporting us as well because not only do we represent Samoa, we also take our Pacific families with us."

Sunday's match has garnered such massive worldwide attention - even The Rock posted a message of support online. Fepulea'i felt he needed to clarify how that went down.

"Well, I wasn't available when they rung me up first. I said, 'Hey, why don't you ask The Rock, he's probably not doing much,'" he told The Project, tongue firmly planted in cheek. 

The lead-up to the early morning match on Sunday is a time of celebration, whatever the outcome.

"We're all happy, we're all proud of our boys, and wish them nothing but the best. Win or lose, we're always going to be proud of our Toa Samoan."