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Samoa Rugby League issue statement on Asotasi's absence
2:36pm Sunday 20th October 2013 in Wolves news
SAMOAN rugby league authorities have now issued a statement regarding Roy Asotasi's withdrawal from the World Cup.
The Samoans arrived in Warrington last Tuesday, with coach Matt Parish saying Asotasi was lost in Australia and had not made the flight.
Tony Smith, the head of coaching and rugby at Warrington Wolves - who have signed Asotasi from 2014 - said Parrish's comments were 'unfair' and revealed the prop had withdrawn through injury and family reasons.
Rugby League Samoa say they wish to clarify the situation regarding 'the absence of Roy Asotasi from our World Cup squad.'
Roy Asotasi has released the following statement: “I want to clarify my situation and subsequent withdrawal from the Samoan RLWC team.
"Through unforseen family circumstances and ongoing niggling injuries that we tried to manage, I felt it was best for me to step down from the World Cup Samoan squad, rather than travel knowing I couldn’t give 100 percent.
"I am gutted not to be representing Samoa and playing against the world’s best Rugby League players.
"We still have a very strong squad and I wish the boys all the best for the tournament.
"I’ll be cheering the boys on here 100 percent, watching every game live on Channel 7, knowing that my decision was what was best for the team and for my family.”
The statement continued, with Rugby League Samoa president Tagaloa Fa’afouina Su’a remaining optimistic despite the withdrawal of Asotasi.
“We at Rugby League Samoa respect decisions by players knowing that their action is in the best interest of the whole team. Hence, we protect both our players and our team.
"Whoever is selected by our coaching staff, they are the chosen ones to take the journey.
"We expect lots of challenges and ups and downs but no doubt these will make us stronger!”
And the statement concluded: "Rugby League Samoa wishes to make no further comment as we concentrate on our World Cup preparations."
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