Kangaroos seek to silence Samoa's Suaalii

Australia coach Mal Meninga has warned Samoa fullback Joseph Suaalii he will not be given an easy ride when he faces the nation he turned down in the Rugby League World Cup final.

The 19-year-old Sydney Roosters prodigy has been one of the stars of this tournament after Meninga reached out to him earlier this year to gauge his interest in representing the Kangaroos.

Suaalii, who was only ever likely to be a winger or a depth option for the Kangaroos, instead chose to play for Samoa, where he was given the chance to play fullback.

His electrifying runs from the backfield caused Tonga and England countless issues on Samoa's run to their first ever final, where they will face Australia at Old Trafford on Saturday (3am Sunday AEDT).

"He is (a weapon) but so is James Tedesco and we'll come up with a plan to nullify it," Meninga said.

"We know he is going to run the ball back hard and we have to handle it.

"That's what rugby league is about, confrontation, and we'll come up with the right answers.

"He's a great player and he's only 19 years of age. He has the skill set and he's going to have a huge career.

"We'll do our homework on the Samoans and we'll try to pick threats and weaknesses out, but as we proved (in the semi-final win) against New Zealand it's not pretty sometimes."

Suaalii is one of the 14 players picked in Samoa's semi-final win over England who were born or raised in Australia.

Many of them - including prop Josh Papalii, captain Junior Paulo and winger Brian To'o - were in Meninga's consideration for this Kangaroos tour or played State of Origin this year.

Meninga has been vocal in calling for a reform of the game's eligibility rules given he had his eye on so many of Samoa's squad, only to be informed they had changed their country of choice.

"I'm pretty happy that he (Suaalii) made the choice," Meninga said.

"That's why I pushed from the middle of the year (to know who wanted to play for Australia).

"I want players playing with passion. Obviously he wants to play for Samoa because he's got a passion for it.

"We (the Kangaroos) are no less passionate than any other team.

"It's been great for the game for players to play for their ancestral nations. And it proves a point, they've got to the final."