Samoa have suffered a massive setback ahead of the Rugby World Cup which begins in a little over eight months time with one of their key personnel walking away.

High-Performance General Manager Zane Hilton has resigned and the former Melbourne Rebels assistant coach’s resignation is effective immediately.

Hilton joined Samoa in May 2018 and has aided the side’s journey during the World Cup qualification process.

Samoa certainly didn’t have a straight-forward route to the tournament, having to qualify via a playoff. They beat Germany 108-43 on aggregate in their two-legged contest.

Samoa are in Pool A and begin their World Cup campaign on September 24th against Russia in Kumagaya City.

Samoa, who were World Cup quarter-finalists in 1991 and 1995, will also face Ireland, Scotland and Japan in Pool A.

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