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Four-year ban

Arin Kumar
Saturday, April 06, 2013

THE International Rugby Board has suspended Fiji Warriors manager Saiyasi Tubunaruarua for four years from all managerial and coaching positions.

According to a statement from the Fiji Rugby Union, IRB held a misconduct hearing on March 26 in New Zealand to discuss the actions of the manager of the Fiji Warriors Pacific Rugby Cup team Saiyasi Tubunaruarua.

It said the charges were related to an incident that occurred at the Runaway Bay Sports and Leadership Excellence Centre, Queensland, Australia on the March 8.

"Tubunaruarua pleaded guilty to the charges, as presented by IRB, as did the Fiji Rugby Union who was charged as a result of the actions of Tubunaruarua in his capacity as manager of a representative Fiji rugby team."

"The sanctions imposed upon Saiyasi Tubunaruarua, by the IRB, were that he be suspended from all managerial and coaching positions in Rugby for a period of four (4) years to 26 March 2017.

"That also at the completion of this suspension he be required to complete some specific courses and counselling before he is permitted to resume being involved in the management or coaching at all levels of the game."

Tubunaruarua and FRU was represented at the hearing by Joeli Mataniasigadrau Baledrokadroka.

"The Fiji Rugby Union will review the PRC team tour as per FRU protocols and recommendations will be made to assist in future tours," the statement said.


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