South Sydney Rabbitohs centre Kirisome Auva’a has been suspended indefinitely from the NRL
The decision came after Auva’a plead guilty to two charges of recklessly causing serious injury and criminal damage in relation to an assault on his girlfriend in January.
Auva’a was an integral part of South Sydney’s 2014 premiership winning team, scoring a try in their 30-6 grand final triumph.
The 22-year-old was handed an indefinite suspension from the NRL meaning he will miss the Club World Challenge, Auckland Nines and at least the first 22 rounds of the 2015 season.
This is becoming a regular occurrence in the NRL with similar cases involving Shark Ben Barba and North Queensland Cowboy halfback Robert Lui, calling the NRL’s Women in League Round into question.
NRL Chief Executive Dave Smith told a press conference that Auva’a’s actions will not be tolerated in the league and the Samoan will be banned from the game permanently if he reoffends.
“Let me make it clear… we abhor violence against women and it will not be tolerated in our game,” he said.
“Everyone needs to understand that if you are violent against women there is no place for you in rugby league.”
During his suspension, Auva’a will have to demonstrate behavioural change to prevent this incident from reoccurring. He will also have to complete a counselling course covering violence against women, alcohol abuse and anger management before his appeal to play in the NRL again is considered.
South Sydney Rabbitoh coach Michael Maguire has yet to speak regarding the matter. – Chris Matthews-Darby
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