The exciting ACT Brumbies lock-flanker may have committed toAustralia in the short-term but Fiji has lodged a formal complaint to theInternational Rugby Board about his selection.
Samo has also signed a contract with English club NewcastleFalcons for two seasons, putting his long-term commitment to the Wallabies inquestion. The 27-year-old Fijian-born Samo confirmed on Tuesday he hadsigned a letter of intent with the Falcons - understood to be worth in the region of 230,000 a year.
But Samo admitted he was having second thoughts about theNewcastle agreement and didn't know the full implications of what he had agreed. "I would like to stay for one more year or two (in Australia)but I don't know what's going to happen. We'll just have to wait and see,"he said.
His agreement with Newcastle remains a point of debate withAustralian Rugby Union (ARU) acting chief executive Matt Carroll saying Samo wasstill signed to the ARU and the Brumbies. "He can't have a contract with anyone else by the terms ofour contract," Carroll said.
"Also under the IRB's regulations other rugby bodies or clubsare not permitted to approach players already contracted to other rugby clubsand bodies. Newcastle would then be in breach."
By committing to the Wallabies Samo's international future lookedresolved, but sources within the Fijian Rugby Union (FRU) told AustralianAssociated Press on Tuesday the matter was far from over.
It is understood the FRU is angry that Samo was approached to makea decision while celebrating the Brumbies' Super 12 final win lastweekend. "From a Fijian point of view we just want to wait until thedust settles and then we'd like to have a chat," Fiji coach Wayne Pivac toldAAP. "If he goes on to play a World Cup for Australia and has acareer - great - but if he plays just one or two Tests and is not available forFiji, that's a tragedy."
Wallabies coach Eddie Jones said Australia had a "moral
"We've always wanted to keep Radike in Australia - therehave been a lot of resources to getting him where he is.
"He's gone through a lot of hard work to get him in asituation where he has been picked for the Wallabies so we'd like to keep him inAustralia and keep him playing for Australia. We haven't pushed to get him in the squad, he's selectedhimself in the squad by the weight of consistent performance."
But while Samo dithers about his club and international future, his Brumbies team-mate, Clyde Rathbone has officially shut the dooron South Africa with his selection in a 27-man Wallaby squad for next month'stwo rugby internationals against Scotland.
The former Springbok under-21 skipper has been an outstandingsuccess on the wing for the ACT Brumbies, scoring nine tries in their Super 12 championship season.
With Springbok coach Jake White after his services, Rathbonesaid he had to think closely about what was on offer but ultimatelydecided his future was in Australia. "I want to realise my potential as a player and I think thereis more potential for me to do that if I stay in Australia," he said.
"Then there's obviously lifestyle issues as well. Australia is a first-world country and I don't know if a lotof Australians take it for granted but coming from South Africa mygirlfriend and I appreciate the benefits that offers."
Rathbone has showed his versatility by slotting in on the wing forthe Brumbies instead of his preferred centre spot. But it may be at outside-centre where he ends up, with an injuryto Stirling Mortlock opening up the position for the first Test againstScotland in Melbourne on June 13th. "Most of my career has been at 13 and I feel that's probablymy best position but having said that I want to develop as much as I can as awinger - to the point where I can play both positions pretty well,"Rathbone said.
AFP - 2004.