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Fotuali’i praises ‘spirit of rugby’ after Twickenham clash

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While the Islanders – who also included Ken Pisi in their starting XV - came out on the wrong end of a 28-9 scoreline, both squads linked arms in a huddle on the Twickenham pitch post-match – something that has inspired the rugby world.

“It’s about unifying the two teams and that’s the way rugby is,” Fotuali’i told ERTV.

“We go out for 80 minutes, bash each other, and get together afterwards and have a chat about things.

“It was nice of England to agree to come and join in the huddle and both captains spoke at the end.”

Fotuali’i played at a packed Twickenham back in 2010 when Samoa were last over in the autumn and while he also experienced a bouncing HQ for the Aviva Premiership final in May, it was still a day to remember.

 “Not many people get the opportunity to do that in their rugby careers and I feel quite blessed and honoured to run out there in front of a full crowd. It’s awesome. It’s a feeling I would like to keep on doing for a few more years hopefully.”

The Test – against fellow Saints Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood – was Samoa’s last of the autumn meaning both Fotuali’i and Pisi return to Franklin’s Gardens to prepare for Sunday’s game at London Welsh.