Filipo cap­tains Samoa U20s

Kapi-Mana News - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Con­tro­ver­sial rugby player Losi Filipo has been made cap­tain of Samoa at the Ocea­nia Rugby Un­der 20 Cham­pi­onship in Aus­tralia as he at­tempts to rebuild his ca­reer.

Filipo, from Porirua, has been play­ing on the wing for Samoa at the tour­na­ment on the Gold Coast and cap­tained the side dur­ing last Tues­day’s 80-23 de­feat to New Zealand.

De­spite mak­ing 13 changes from the team that thrashed Fiji by 60 points, New Zealand showed no sign of rust as they ran in 12 tries.

But Filipo be­lieved score­line flat­tered the Ki­wis.

‘‘We def­i­nitely made a goal for it to slow down their set-piece and I think we pretty much did that,’’ he told Ra­dio New Zealand.

‘‘New Zealand against Fiji they had flow­ing ball but I thought that our Samoan boys re­ally slowed it down - the re­sults didn’t show it but we know as a fact as a team that we did it so I think that’s all that counts.’’ the

Filipo caused a pub­lic out­cry last year when he was dis­charged with­out con­vic­tion on as­sault charges from an in­ci­dent in 2015, in which he at­tacked a group of four peo­ple, in­clud­ing two women, and stomped on one of the vic­tim’s head mul­ti­ple times.

How­ever, that rul­ing was over­turned fol­low­ing an ap­peal by po­lice and the 18-year-old was sen­tenced to nine months’ su­per­vi­sion as well as be­ing or­dered to at­tend al­co­hol coun­selling and a course on liv­ing with­out vi­o­lence.

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