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Video: 'I'm getting old now' - NRL star Joseph Leilua confident young rookies will shine for Toa Samoa

Canberra Raiders centre Joseph Leilua admits he is still hurting after Toa Samoa's last Test loss against New Zealand, but remains confident the result will be different come Saturday.

Leilua, 25, was instrumental in Toa Samoa's last match against the Kiwis in Whangarei in 2014 where he scored a try in his side's 14-12 loss.

"It was a bit disappointing the last game against New Zealand, I still remember it to this day," said Leilua.

"We fought to the death, but this game is going to be different. We've all prepared well and can't wait to play."

The NRL star believes the fresh faces in his team will be up for the challenge against the Kiwis.

The Samoa team were in Mangere Town Centre this afternoon mingling with fans. Source: 1 NEWS

"It's a young squad at the moment and I think I'm the fifth oldest in the team.

"Getting old now so it’s good to have young kids around – I reckon when they play the game they’ll shine for us, so it will be exciting."

Leilua said he was impressed with the turnout in Mangere, South Auckland yesterday afternoon, where he and his teammates mingled with fans signing autographs and taking photos in the town centre.

Samoa centre Leilua said he has a close bond with the Kiwi winger but come Saturday at Mt Smart it's all business. Source: 1 NEWS

"I'm from Australia so it's my first time being here and I'm loving it here," said Leilua.

"It's good to see the Samoans out and supporting us, so love it."

Samoa kick-off their Rugby League World Cup campaign against the Kiwis on Saturday at Mt Smart at 8.10pm (NZ time).

The Canberra centre said he still remembers Samoa's heart-breaking 14-12 loss to the Kiwis in 2014. Source: 1 NEWS