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Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu fears Rugby World Cup omission

Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu
Fuimaono-Sapolu has won 17 caps for Samoa

Gloucester's Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu feels he will miss this year's Rugby World Cup because he is too outspoken.

The 30-year-old centre was a key figure for Samoa during the 2007 tournament in France when he was used as a fly-half.

"I can't get in to the Samoan team because I speak up," Fuimaono-Sapolu told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

"It doesn't bother me, I finally got my first break after five years at the end of last season and I think it's helped my rugby this season."

Fuimaono-Sapolu, who is a qualified solicitor, has been a key figure in Gloucester's season, playing 27 games so far.

He was voted the Cherry and Whites' player of the season by both his team-mates and the club's season ticket holders.

Samoa's loss would be Gloucester's gain if he stays with his club during the World Cup in September and October but insists he would play if asked.

"If it happens, great. I would love to represent my people, I'd love to go out there [New Zealand] and play rugby, but I'm not expecting it to happen to be honest," Fuimaono-Sapolu said.



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