“Eliota Sapolu eligible to play” says Samoa Rugby Union
APIA: 18 May 2012: The Samoa Rugby Union has clarified the issue surrounding Eliota Sapolu’s eligibility to play and be selected in the Manu Samoa team.
In a statement today, SRU says: “The comments regarding the selection of Eliota Sapolu is based on a misunderstanding of the status of his suspended sentence arising out of his Appeal Committee hearing decision in November 26, 2011.
“Yesterday, SRU sought clarification from the IRB on the status of the player’s suspended sentence and the Union was advised that the player is eligible to play rugby.
“The Manu Samoa Head Coach Stephen Betham and Coaching Staff have been advised accordingly.
“The Union would like to add that at no stage has the iRB issued a directive, written or otherwise, to the SRU relating the selection or non-selection of a player,” the SRU said.