18 Jun 2010

Tahu agrees to formal mediation

5:57 am on 18 June 2010

The Parramatta rugby league star Timana Tahu has agreed to a formal mediation process with former New South Wales assistant coach Andrew Johns after a meeting with NRL boss David Gallop.

Tahu and Gallop met in Sydney yesterday in the wake of the former Blues centre's walkout from the side's State of Origin camp after a racial slur by Johns aimed at Queensland's Greg Inglis.

The pair were joined by Tahu's wife Kasey and other family members.

Gallop says nobody could ever doubt Timana's sincerity in what he did and he cares deeply about ensuring that others don't feel the need to take a similar stance and they are also committed to that.

Tahu says meeting Gallop was the first step towards reaching a positive outcome on the issue.

Tahu is expected to return to training with the Eels today.