Bulldogs.com.au catches up with Frank Pritchard inside Toa Samoa camp.
The former Bulldogs back rower Frank Pritchard returns to Australia this weekend to lead Toa Samoa in their pacific test match with Tonga.
The ever popular Pritchard will captain Samoa on the weekend and while he has escaped the cold weather of the UK for a short period, to be given the chance to lead his country is a great honour.
“It’s good to be back and enjoying the weather,” Pritchard said.
“It means the world to me to represent Samoa.
“I’m representing my family, my friends and my country.
“To captain Samoa is a great honour for myself.”
Frank Pritchard and Sika Manu will both captain their respective countries at the Pirtek Stadium on Saturday night and it means they will miss Hull FC’s Challenge Cup tie against St. Helens.
Pritchard feels Hull have given he and Manu a great opportunity this weekend and can’t thank Hull enough for allowing him to play for his country.
“We’ve got a challenge Cup this week and it means a lot to them, but for them to sacrifice myself and Sika Manu to represent our Countries, is truly grateful.”
Pritchard will have plenty of support over the weekend and none more so than the Bulldogs army.
“I’ve got nothing but love for the Bulldogs army.”
“They’re always close to my heart and I’m truly grateful for their support as well.”
Tickets are still available, starting from $20 for a single pass, with family passes for as little as $60 to see all three matches – with the Junior Kangaroos taking on the Junior Kiwis prior to the four Pacific matches.
Tickets can be purchased at www.nrl.com/tickets
NRL ticketed Club members are reminded that the Pacific Test Matches are included as part of their existing membership. To take advantage of this, simply bring your NRL ticketed Club membership to the game to swipe through the gates.