Veteran Manu Samoa Rugby Great Retires

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Outspoken former captain Daniel Leo steps down

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, June 2, 2015) – Manu Samoa veteran and former captain, Daniel Leo, has shocked the international rugby world with the announcement of his retirement.

Leo, who had been included in the training squad for the historic All Blacks game at Apia in July, announced his retirement via a message of Facebook yesterday.

"After 10 years with Manu Samoa I have made the decision today to retire from International Rugby," he said.

Leo, who has been very outspoken against the Samoa Rugby Union’s treatment of players in the past. He didn't say why he is retiring during a World Cup year.

But he said he was extremely grateful for the opportunity to represent Samoa.

"I would like to thank everyone who helped me along the way," he said.

"I want to thank mum for praying for my safety and Dad for going psycho on the sidelines.

"My wife Sarah Leo and her family for putting up with all the travel and keeping my feet firmly planted".

"I want to thank my family in New Zealand, Australia, USA and Samoa for all your support".

"I also acknowledge Damon Emtage & Gaven Head at Sunnybank rugby club where it all started for me, Michael Jones, for giving me my first opportunity with the Manu".

"Most of all, I would like to thank the numerous players I've taken the field with who have put their bodies on the line to make me look good and pursue my dreams. God bless you all".

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