Bennett claims Milford chose to snub Samoa


Wayne Bennett has hit back at his critics by stating it was Anthony Milford who had the final say in the player snubbing Samoa to pledge his allegiance to Australia.

Brisbane Broncos coach Bennett came under fire for saying he would not allow playmaker Milford to feature for Samoa against Tonga in the Pacific Test next weekend.

The Brisbane-born five-eighth is eligible to play for both Samoa and Australia and was expected to be selected to face Tonga after being overlooked by Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga.

Bennett has attempted to draw a line under the issue by stressing Milford made the decision to represent his country of birth.

He said: "I don't want to get into a debate about it. The rules are pretty rubbery and while they remain like that there will always be moments like this where players might be eligible to play, but they won't take part in it.

"The point with Anthony is that he wants to play for Queensland and Australia. That's his choice and he's made that decision. 

"There are no injuries holding him back from representing Samoa. 

"The decision's made and done. I have nothing else to add."