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Kieron Fonotia dangers Samoa World Cup dream to

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Kieron Fonotia dangers Samoa World Cup dream to

Kieron Fonotia will play alongside former home mate Hadleigh Parkes (left) this season

New Scarlets centre Kieron Fonotia is hoping his choice to not play for Samoa this summer time won’t price him his World Cup dream.

Samoa beat Germany in a play-off to qualify for the 2019 match, the place they may play hosts Japan, Eire, Scotland and Russia in Pool A.

Fonotia determined to remain in Wales quite than journey for the two-legged tie.

“It has all the time been a aim of mine to play within the World Cup,” mentioned the 30-year-old, who has received seven Samoa caps.

He opted out of the qualification matches to make sure he had a full pre-season with Scarlets following his move from Ospreys.

With out him, Samoa received 66-15 and 42-28 to document a 108-43 combination victory over Germany.

“I attempted to make a good move for my profession, to hit the bottom working this season,” mentioned Fonotia.

“Personally I’ve not had a pre-season for some time and thought it could be fairly good to clean up, and are available again into a brand new crew similtaneously everybody else.

“I advised the coaches that very factor. It was a tough choice to not play for Samoa within the break as a result of it’s a crew I have never performed plenty of video games for.

“I’ve to get again in there and try to make the crew now.

“There will likely be loads of folks popping out of the woodwork in terms of the World Cup. It has been a aim of mine for some time now and it could be superior to be part of.”

New Zealand hyperlinks

A robust season with Scarlets ought to assist that trigger with Fonotia, who was born in Christcurch, reinforcing the sturdy New Zealand hyperlinks in Llanelli.

He’ll hyperlink up with former house-mates Johnny McNicholl and Hadleigh Parkes, and work underneath Wayne Pivac, who will become the Wales coach in 2019.

“It’s a good surroundings to be part of and getting again enjoying with a few previous mates makes it a bit simpler,” mentioned Fonotia.

“I had a few conferences with Wayne and he looks like a pleasant man and right down to earth.

“I didn’t know him in New Zealand however Parkesy and Johnny have solely ever mentioned good issues in regards to the surroundings.

“You’ll be able to see what he has performed for this membership and what attracted me was the model of rugby the Scarlets have performed and simply being part of that will likely be superior.”

Struggles at Ospreys

Fonotia made 41 appearances for Ospreys between 2016 and 2018

Fonotia admitted he struggled throughout his two seasons at Liberty Stadium and hopes Scarlets’ type of play will swimsuit him.

“I struggled a bit on the Ospreys with the way in which they performed,” he mentioned.

“I’m not going to take a seat right here and unhealthy mouth them or something, however I did not discover kind till the top, once I obtained given a little bit of a licence to be me a bit extra.

“From every little thing I checked out and speaking to the coaches, you get an excellent likelihood to precise your self on the Scarlets and be the participant you wish to try to be.”

Fonotia is seeking to exchange Scott Williams, who has made the alternative journey from Scarlets to Ospreys and can now additionally should oust the Wales duo of Parkes and the fit-again Jonathan Davies.

“It’s all the time good to have competitors, it brings one of the best out of you,” he added.

“Each of these gamers have performed a excessive stage of rugby and I’m wanting ahead to studying off them and giving my concepts as nicely.”

BBC Sport – Rugby Union

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