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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 February 2008, 16:51 GMT
Kiwi star Tony to play for Samoa
Motu Tony
Tony played in the 2006 Tri Nations Final for New Zealand
New Zealand full-back Motu Tony has announced that he has quit the Kiwis to play for Samoa.

The 26-year-old starred in the Kiwis' 2005 Tri-Nations success but, with the World Cup on the horizon, has decided to play for the country of his birth.

"To play for Samoa is something I have always wanted to do" he said.

"This is the first fully-fledged Samoan team that has been around since I started playing professionally and I wanted to put my name forward."

Tony's decision follows that of Wigan prop Iafeta Palea'aesina, who turned his back on New Zealand last year, having been given permission to play for Samoa.

Former Warrington centre Nigel Vagana - now playing for South Sydney Rabbitohs - and Penrith forward Tony Puleta also switched from the Kiwis to Samoa to help them qualify for the World Cup.

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