Rabbitohs’ Auva’a suspended by the NRL

SOUTH Sydney premiership player Kirisome Auva'a has been suspended from the game indefinitely by the NRL after being given a two-year good behaviour bond and fined $3000 by a court last week.

The Rabbitohs centre pleaded guilty to recklessly causing injury and criminal damage, relating to an incident in January this year when he threw his then-girlfriend into a wall in Melbourne, causing cuts and bruises.

He was subsequently fined $2000 by the club and suspended for a week during the off-season, but returned to play a key role in South's run to the premiership.

NRL boss Dave Smith, who has defended the way the club and the league handled the matter, said any application by Auva'a to return to the game would not be considered until the 22-year-old had demonstrated "behavioural change designed to prevent the recurrence of violent behaviour toward women."

Smith said the NRL would not consider an application from Auva'a (pictured) to have his suspension lifted for at least nine months, ruling him out of the World Club Series, the Auckland Nines and at least 22 rounds of the 2015 NRL premiership.

"Let me make it clear… we abhor violence against women and it will not be tolerated in our game," Smith said." Everyone needs to understand that if you are violent against women there is no place for you in rugby league.

Meanwhile, experienced Kangaroos forward Corey Parker has dismissed suggestions the Aussie had been playing mind games ahead of tomorrow's Four Nations final by saying starting halves Cooper Cronk and Daly Cherry-Evans, and rookie forward David Klemmer had been laid low by a virus.

"I don't think you call off training sessions just to play mind games," Parker smiled.

He also said the Australian players were well aware of the talk that the Kiwis steamrolled them through the middle in the opening game of the series in Brisbane three weeks ago, and were confident of repeating the dose to win their second Four Nations title in five years.



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