RL World Cup: Samoa will not be able to call reinforcements into their squad
Samoa have been refused permission to call up a replacement for forward Frank Winterstein.
Last Updated: 04/11/13 7:45pm
The former Widnes man, who will play for Bradford during the 2014 Super League season, was injured during the 42-24 loss to New Zealand last Sunday.
He underwent surgery on Friday to re-attach his pectoral muscle, having torn it from the bone, and Samoa asked if they could summon a replacement.
However, competition rules state that requested changes to the 24-man squads which are made after 21 October are at the discretion of tournament organisers and will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.
And a statement said: "Samoa recently approached RLWC2013 to change two players in their squad. After due consideration, the request was denied."
Hansen and Maitua miss out
A spokesperson for Samoa said they had accepted the decision and will utilise a 23-man squad for the rest of the tournament.
Their next match is against Papua New Guinea in Hull on Monday and they will be without skipper Harrison Hansen, who has a leg injury, and stand-off Reni Maitua, who picked up a knock against the Kiwis.
Samoa coach Matt Parish has only been able to name an 18-man squad and St Helens second rower Sia Soliola will lead the side for the second time.