6 Oct 2011

Sport: Samoa Rugby Union to consider social media ban

11:32 am on 6 October 2011

The Samoa Rugby Union is considering banning its players from using social networking sites, after a flurry of scathing critisisms on twitter by one of it's players about racist referring, and the International Rugby Board being biased.

Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu who appeared before the IRB's judiciary panel on Wednesday for his online attacks, is standing by his comments, and slammed a statement by the Samoan Rugby Union that he had failed to respond to their calls to attend the first day of the hearing which he missed on Tuesday.

"I replied to the statement that I got sent this morning and I was like, 'you absolute liars it's not true. Can you at least then just tell me when the hearing is'. Another email came and then I had to reply again, 'can you tell me where the hearing is and wheN it is'. Only on the third email did they they tell me when and where it was so really disappointed."

The Chief Executive of the Samoa Rugby Union, Su'a Peter Schuster says the union is considering similar rules to the All Blacks, who have a blanket social network ban during the Rugby World Cup.

We need to look at how other unions protected their image from issues like that so we will discuss it further with the IRB and also the New Zealand Rugby Union, and also Australia, just other unions how they go about in handling that situation.

Su'a Peter Schuster says Fuimaono Sapolu's future in the national team is up to the coaches.