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Samoan star calls the Lions the 'most stuck-up' team in the world after Pacific Island snub

Eliota Fuimaono-Sapulo says he will be “sh****ng on them” for the next two years.

The Lions will be travelling directly to New Zealand in 2017.
The Lions will be travelling directly to New Zealand in 2017.
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CONTROVERSIAL SAMOAN ELIOTA Fuimaono-Sapulo has called the British and Irish Lions “the most stuck-up” rugby side in the world after their decision not to visit a Pacific Island nation on their tour of New Zealand in 2017.

The Lions played a warm-up game in Hong Kong against the Barbarians on their tour to Australia in 2013, and it had been hoped that they would play a test match in either Samoa, Tonga or Fiji when they visit New Zealand in two years.

It had also been rumoured that a test match in the USA was a possibility, however when the tour schedule was announced recently, it was confirmed that the Lions would travel directly to New Zealand to begin their tour.

Always one to speak his mind, the controversial former Samoan international Fuimaono-Sapulo took to twitter, comparing the British and Irish Lions to a stuck up schoolchild for their snub to the Pacific Nations.

Fuimaono-Sapulo, who helped campaign for New Zealand’s recent historic test match in Samoa, said that he would be “sh****ng on the” until their 2017 tour, while also bringing up their continuous visits to South Africa during apartheid.

The Samoan centre has a history of explosive and controversial outbursts. In 2011 he received a suspended six month ban for calling Nigel Owens a “racist” and “biased” following their World Cup defeat to South Africa.

The former Bath and Gloucester man now plays in Japan for Coca Cola West Red Sparks.

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