Momentum is growing among former All Blacks to lobby World Rugby to allow them to represent the Pacific Island nations of their heritage.
“I have told the Tongan coach I would be on board if there’s a way to do it,” Piutau told the Daily Mail.
“If our sport followed the rugby league model, it would be a massive boost for the Pacific Islands and it would make the world stage competitive again. There’s a lot of wasted talent. The rugby league boys put Tonga back on the map and union should do the same thing.”
“I made my bed with the All Blacks so I wouldn’t want to take away the opportunity or development of a player who deserves it more, but I would love to play for Samoa.” said Vito, who now plays for La Rochelle.
Tuitupou believes the change could be the catalyst to change Samoa’s current financial strife, which saw it declare bankruptcy last month.
“Samoa have been declared bankrupt so if Ma’a Nonu or Steven Luatua came on board, that would attract a bit of sponsorship. If we don’t have guys like Steven and Charles Piutau competing at the World Cup, then we can’t say it’s a showcase of the world’s best talent.”
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