The New Zealand Rugby Union has disciplined another professional player, instructing Lucky Mulipola from Otago and the Highlanders not to drink alcohol and to continue a counselling programme after finding him guilty of serious misconduct.
Mulipola was convicted recently in Dunedin for assault, driving while disqualified and giving police a false name.
He was ordered to pay $5000 to the assault victim and to complete 180 hours of community service. He also lost his licence until February 2010.
The NZRU fined Mulipola $1000 and told him to talk to pupils at three colleges about the experience and what he has learned from it.
The NZRU's General Manager of Professional Rugby Neil Sorensen says Mulipola has shown genuine remorse but it's been made clear his behaviour can't be repeated if he is to remain a professional.