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Axed Samoa rugby captain wants PM out

Dumped Samoa captain Mahonri Schwalger (pictured in 2011) has called for the Pacific nation's prime minister to be replaced as chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union (SRU) and hit out at "arrogant" rugby administrators. Schwalger was dropped from the national side after writing a damning report criticising the team management's conduct at last year's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand

Dumped Samoa captain Mahonri Schwalger has called for the Pacific nation's prime minister to be replaced as chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union (SRU) and hit out at "arrogant" rugby administrators.

Schwalger was dropped from the national side after writing a damning report criticising the team management's conduct at last year's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, where an underperforming Samoa were eliminated in the pool phase.

Samoa coach Stephen Betham said the 33-year-old missed out because of his age but Schwalger, who has been in fine form with high-flying Super 15 outfit the Waikato Chiefs this season, believed it was because he was too outspoken.

He told the Waikato Times that although there had been some changes in SRU management, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi's role as chairman was hampering wholesale reform.



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