Fotuali’i joined clubmate Ahsee Tuala in the team that lined up against Fiji in British Columbia, making his first appearance since playing New Zealand last month. But despite Samoa naming a strong team that included plenty of Aviva Premiership and Top 14 experience they came up against a Fiji outfit that was determined to run the ball at every opportunity.
After taking the contest by the scruff of the neck to lead 17-3 with just 20 minutes on the clock Fiji maintained control for most of the game, despite former Saint Fa’atoina Autagavaia crossing for two scores in the second half, including one that gave Samoa a brief lead.
But two long-range tries put Fiji back in front and they went on to win 39-29.
That was the last competitive action for both teams until Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off in September. For the latest ticket information as the sport’s biggest showcase occasion returns to England head to www.rugbyworldcup.com