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Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu makes All Blacks-Hitler claim

Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu plays for Coca Cola West Red Sparks in the Japanese Top League.

Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu plays for Coca Cola West Red Sparks in the Japanese Top League. Photo: Jason Oxenham

In an apparent bid to get the New Zealand rugby team to tour the Polynesian Islands, former Samoa centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has claimed that the All Blacks would have toured Nazi Germany "if Hitler had an interest in rugby."

In a video posted on YouTube, the former Bath and Gloucester centre evokes the area's rich rugby past, before delving into New Zealand's history beyond the game.

He goes on to state that regardless of this historical argument, the real reason behind the All Blacks' failure to tour to date is financial.

"There was a time when the United Nations asked all the nations in the world not to have sporting relationships with apartheid South Africa"

"They asked the whole world to do that ... but there was one country that decided not to listen. That country was New Zealand, and that team was the All Blacks. And the reason was for money."

"That's the worst reason ever. The chasing of money. Because it justifies the killing of innocent people" he continues.

"If Hitler had an interest in rugby and fronted the money and showed the All Blacks, told them to come tour Nazi Germany, the All Blacks would."

Fuimaono-Sapolu winds up the five-minute clip, saying "If after all that, they somehow come up with another excuse, then the All Blacks are an absolute bunch of [expletive removed]".

In 2011, Fuimaono-Sapolu called the International Rugby Board "muppets" for charging him over Twitter attacks he made on the board and a referee. 

His comments came days after being warned for a Twitter post linking the RWC scheduling to slavery, the holocaust and apartheid

The IRB brought a misconduct charge against Fuimaono-Sapolu after he called referee Nigel Owens a "racist, biased prick" in the wake of Samoa's 13-5 loss to South Africa.

He also called the IRB a "joke" and said officials should "kiss my bum".

smh.com.au

17 comments

  • I don't think this bloke should be playing anything above club level again.

    Commenter
    Rob
    Location
    Rugby Heaven
    Date and time
    May 30, 2014, 7:32AM
    • he is right. The All Blacks do nothing unless they get paid. They have never played in Samoa but are happy to take the young Samoans and other young PI players, give them a black jersey for a few games then dump them knowing they can never play against NZ.
      Using Hitler may be a point over the top as Germany not into rugby, he would have been better using Stalin as Russia do play.
      If there's no money then the AB's don't care and won't play.

      Commenter
      Wayoutwest
      Date and time
      May 30, 2014, 7:35AM
      • In 1899 Samoa was divided between Germany (western Samoa) and the United States (eastern Samoa). When the First World War broke out in August 1914 New Zealand forces occupied German Samoa, which they administered for the remainder of the war. From 1920 to 1962 New Zealand administered Western Samoa under mandates from the League of Nations and its successor, the United Nations (UN).
        In 1962 Western Samoa became the first Pacific nation to regain its independence. A Treaty of Friendship was signed with New Zealand.
        After independence the status of Western Samoans living in New Zealand was uncertain. In a case taken to the Privy Council a Samoan woman living in New Zealand pressed her claim to be a New Zealand citizen. The Privy Council ruled that all Western Samoans born between 1924 and 1948 were British subjects and that in 1949 they and their descendants had become New Zealand citizens.
        The New Zealand government negotiated a compromise with the Western Samoan government that overturned the Privy Council’s ruling. New Zealand citizenship was only available to Western Samoans who were living in New Zealand or who subsequently obtained permanent residence.

        So every Samoan born person living in New Zealand before 1982 is Automatically a dual Samoan-New Zealand citizen.

        The flow of players works both ways quite a few players playing international rugby for Samoa are born in New Zealand are New Zealand citizens and only play for Samoa based on parents or grandparents place of birth.

        Commenter
        stojo01
        Location
        Zeadney
        Date and time
        May 30, 2014, 11:56AM
    • Jesse Owens went to NAZI Germany with spectacular success, and without the cash, too.

      The UN were very wrong to stop sporting teams from visiting South Africa. Sport is and should be above politics.

      Commenter
      Farmer Ted.
      Location
      coggancreek@bigpond.com
      Date and time
      May 30, 2014, 8:16AM
      • @ Farmer Ted
        How wrong you are. It was not just the UN who didn't want sporting teams touring South Africa, it was people like Nelson Mandela who didn't want sporting teams touring, Mandela and nearly all of the black and coloured people. In other words 90% of South Africa's population. So, you were one of those people who were against the anti-apartheid protesters? Charming.

        Commenter
        Old Hickory
        Location
        Maroubra
        Date and time
        May 30, 2014, 1:02PM
      • The UN were right. It raised an awareness of what was happening in SA in a lot of people who weren't aware what was going on.
        I remember being a child in NZ and wondering what was going on when I saw the protests when the Yarpies toured.
        Once it was explained to me what was happening in South Africa I was ashamed of my government and the All Blacks for what they were doing. I still think it is shameful that any of the Cavaliers were allowed to play any level of rugby again.
        As a Kiwi I absolutely agree with Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu that the All Blacks would have toured Nazi Germany if Hitler had offered good money.

        Commenter
        coldturkey
        Location
        Brisbane
        Date and time
        May 30, 2014, 2:25PM
    • I wonder why he wants the All Blacks to play in his homeland so badly if he hates them so much??? And what hypocrisy - he criticises the All Blacks for chasing the dollar when he plays for a team sposored by Coca Cola...ha ha ha ha ha ha

      Commenter
      Bedi
      Date and time
      May 30, 2014, 8:17AM
      • Really looking forward to seeing 207cm Sydney University Cameron Skelton at lock and 204cm centre Nathaniel Apa run around for the Samoa u20s at the JRWC in New Zealand next week if Foxtel covers any of their games.

        Commenter
        stojo01
        Location
        Zeadney
        Date and time
        May 30, 2014, 8:20AM
        • They are definitely televising some of the games.

          Commenter
          Ed
          Date and time
          May 30, 2014, 11:21AM
      • Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu is always good for a laugh.
        But there is always more than a hint of the truth in what he says.

        Commenter
        Nick
        Date and time
        May 30, 2014, 9:05AM

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