Filipo captains Samoa U20s
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.