Emotional Hollywood superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson tells Samoan footy players he wants to run onto the field with them in the Rugby League World Cup final – but admits he’d get his ‘a** kicked’ if he played
The Rock can smell the Samoan rugby league team cooking up a boilover World Cup victory and now the Hollywood star has sent a five-minute inspirational message to Toa Samoa.
Dwayne Johnson has also jokingly said he would love to play in the Rugby League World Cup final against Australia on Sunday, but is worried that he would get smashed if he did.
The former wrestling star and current action movie icon The Rock has Samoan heritage through his mother Ata and famous grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia.
His message of support comes after several NRL fans including former winger and Footy Show funnyman Beau Ryan called for Johnson to send a message to the Samoan team on social media.
‘Man I got goosebumps right now, you guys can see that,’ he says toward the end of the video posted to his Instagram account.
‘If I was there with you guys on Saturday I would put on a Toa Samoa jersey and I would take that field. Man, I would be running that rock with you guys. I would probably get my a** kicked, but that’s OK.’
Brian To’o of Samoa performs the Manu Siva Tau with teammates prior to the Rugby League World Cup pool match against England
Samoa stunned the rugby league world by reaching the final for the first time in a thrilling win over hosts and tournament-fancies England in the semi-final.
In truth, the Pacific Island nation struck its first blow much earlier than that with likes of Joseph Sua’ali’i, Junior Paulo, Stephen Crichton and polarising premiership winner Jahrome Luai all rejected chances to play for Australia to represent their home nation instead.
‘Man, here we go,’ The Rock opened his video.
‘I am delivering this message with boundless love and boundless reverence and respect and boundless pride for my boys, my Uso’s, Toa Samoa rugby [league] team.
‘They are going to the men’s final of the Rugby League World Cup.
‘This is a big deal, they are making history in the world of sports, in the world of rugby [league].
Samoa celebrate after Stephen Crichton kicks the winning golden point drop goal to win the Rugby League World Cup semi-final against England to book their place in the final
‘This is the first time that our island, our country, our culture of Samoa has ever gone to the finals for any sport.
‘They are making history and I could not be more proud of them. We could not be more proud of them.’
Johnson called on the players to channel Fa’a Samoa – which translates to ‘The Samoan Way’ – to show grit in their showdown against Australia and to create a new legacy for the island nation.
Johnson lives in the United States but is proud of his Samoan heritage
‘When I think about legacy, I think about my grandfather, I think about my dad – the “Soul Man”, Rocky Johnson. I think about my grandparents, all my ancestors, all your ancestors. Our ancestors are watching.
‘So when you take that field this Saturday in Manchester and you have that grit and your DNA is just full of our Samoan pride and culture and you think about that legacy and the legacy that you guys want to define.
‘There is two sides to legacy, No.1 is the side where you have already made history. You’ve arrived.
‘But the other side of legacy – and this is the special side – is when you take that field in Manchester, you leave it all out on the field and you win.’