Manu Samoa's Kieron Fonotia leaving Scarlets

Manu Samoa midfielder, Kieron Fonotia, is being released by Welsh club Scarlets, with the Pro14 outfit deciding not to keep him on board for when training resumes.

The 2019-20 Pro14, which also features clubs from Ireland, Italy, Scotland and South Africa, was suspended indefinitely in March, and Scarlets have decided to move forward with the coaches and playing group for next season when the COVID-19 lockdown ends.

Fonotia is one of eight players and two coaches to be departing the club, which he joined in 2018 from rival Welsh side Ospreys. 

The 32-year-old first played for the Manu Samoa in 2017 after finishing up at the Crusaders the year before, and was one of the 31 players selected to represent Samoa at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Fonotia, who has roots in Manunu but grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand played in 29 of Scarlets’ 46 fixtures during his time at the club.

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