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Tuilagi backs Newcastle Falcons star Sinoti for Samoa

Alesana Tuilagi has heaped praise on his fellow Newcastle Falcons wing Sinoti Sinoti ahead of his side’s Aviva Premiership Rugby clash with Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Saturday.

The Falcons have started to soar lately; picking up a try-scoring bonus point in each of their six matches in 2015 and moving up to tenth in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.

Sinoti – who has one Samoa cap to his name, way back in 2010 – has particularly impressed having scored six tries so far this season in the league.

And Tuilagi, who made a try-scoring return in last week’s LV= Cup win over London Irish, believes his fellow Samoan could push for more international honours if he continues to light up Kingston Park.

“I’m so pleased by how well my good friend Sinoti Sinoti has been playing so far this season,” he said. “I’ve been saying for a long time he needs to be an international player.

“He is a uniquely exciting player, the kind of player who gets fans to come and watch Aviva Premiership Rugby matches. He’s fast, powerful, scores tries and has great imagination.

“I know him very well and he’s that kind of player who needs to be playing against the best players in the world, his talent demands that sort of stage.

“If he keeps playing like he has been for Newcastle he’s got a big chance of making the World Cup squad for Samoa.

“I’m torn, because from a Samoa point of view I think we need him in the team but that would mean we would miss him here at Newcastle where we also need him!

“It’s the chance of a lifetime and I think every player wants to play at that level, but you need to play well every week in Aviva Premiership Rugby to get that chance.”

Tuilagi also acknowledges the importance of Falcons coach Dean Richards in how quickly he has been able to settle after joining Newcastle last summer from Japanese club NTT Shining Arcs.

“Teaming back up with Deano this season has been so great for me,” he added. “We go back a long time, he’s a good lad and he knows me and my game inside out.

“We both understand that the game is about fun as well as playing hard to win every week. I’ve always enjoyed working with him and joining Newcastle has been great because of him.”

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