He is a centre who can also play at fly half. He currently plays for Coca-Cola Red Sparks in the Japanese Top League. Fuimaono-Sapolu first played club rugby as a junior for Manurewa Reconstruction Finance Corporation in South Auckland, New Zealand.
His coach Gary Healey commented "Eli didn"t need much coaching.
He was a naturally gifted player who could read the game. His commitment, discipline and sheer exuberance showed at an early age, and he was clearly destined for higher honours".
Fuimaono-Sapolu moved to England in January 2006, signed by Bath Rugby after outstanding performances in the internationals against Scotland (his international debut) and England. He had initially been signed as a temporary replacement to cover for the players playing in the Six Nations Championship, but soon his contract was made permanent.
More recently he displayed his all round ability in back play at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, in which he represented Samoa playing out of position at fly-half.
Although his side lost to England, South Africa and – surprisingly – Tonga while beating only the United States of America in the pool stages of the tournament, Fuimaono-Sapolu was one of the standout performers. In the summer of 2009 Fuimaono-Sapolu left Bath to join Gloucester Rugby on a one-year contract that was later extended for two further seasons. In 2011 Eliota completed a wonderful season by sweeping up all the club"s major awards at the end of Season prize giving.
In March 2012, it was announced Sapolu would leave Gloucester to sign with Japanese side Coca Cola West Red Sparks on a two-year contract.
In 2011 he was shortlisted by the Rugby Players" Association for their Players" award alongside Chris Ashton, Chris Budgen, Nick Evans, Thomas Waldrom and Tom Wood. During the 2011 Rugby World Cup Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu made a Twitter post linking the scheduling of the world cup to slavery, the holocaust and apartheid, after Samoa had 3 days to prepare for their match against Wales, while Wales had a week to prepare.
Officials that met with the Samoa team management accepted an official apology and decided that no further action was necessary. Later in the tournament when Samoa lost to South Africa Fuimaono Sapolu tweeted that referee Nigel Owens was "racist" and "biased", which resulted in him being suspended from rugby for six months.
However, this punishment is suspended for two years.
Fuimaono-Sapolu has been openly critical of the sporting elite and racism, saying their attitude "buys into the narrative of the savage Polynesian". Critical of the Institutional Review Board handling of his comments in 2011 he said they just wouldn"t tolerate a Polynesian speaking up. "I got smashed by the Institutional Review Board - it was absolutely the corporate hammer coming down." Fuimaono-Sapolu has worked extensively to broaden popular knowledge of the contribution of Pacific Island culture and science.
He moved to Samoa where he works on raising awareness of domestic abuse and misogynistic attitudes.