Lima Sopoaga came off the bench in the win over Chile

Bordeaux (AFP) - Samoa fly-half Lima Sopoaga said on Sunday he was still looking for his decade-old kicking tee after this weekend’s 43-10 Rugby World Cup win over Chile.

Ex-New Zealand playmaker Sopoaga, 32, confirmed to AFP the item was still lost after taking to social media following Saturday’s victory in Bordeaux, where he used it to slot a late conversion.

“Could whoever took my goal kicking tee from the field please give it back to me,” Sopoaga posted on X, formerly Twitter.

“I’ll even pay you for it. I’ve had it since I was 14 years old,” he added.

The former Highlanders and Lyon outside-half has received support from the sport’s governing body.

“Let’s #FindTheTee,” World Rugby’s chief communications officer Dominic Rumbles said on the same platform on Sunday.

“We will provide some #RWC2023 merch for the safe return of Lima’s tee,” he added.

Sopoaga is benefitting from a rule change by World Rugby allowing him to feature for Samoa after a stand-down period following the last of his 16 All Blacks appearances in 2017.

The Pacific Islanders’ next game is against Argentina on Friday in Saint-Etienne before also facing Japan and England in Pool D.