22 Nov 2011

'Holidaying' Rugby World Cup manager fined 100 pigs

9:04 pm on 22 November 2011

The manager of the Samoan Rugby World Cup team has been fined a hundred pigs by his village.

Manu Samoa failed to qualify for the quarter-finals of the tournament and had some run-ins with the authorities including one player fined for a banned mouthguard and centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu suspended for his controversial comments on Twitter about a Welsh referee.

Team manager Tuala Mathew Vaea was dumped as their manager when they returned after the Cup in New Zealand.

Players said he treated the tournament like a holiday spending most of his time drinking and playing golf, the BBC reports.

This was reported to Samoa's prime minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

Vaea acknowledged the error and paid the fine of 100 pigs by handing over about 1700 Samoan tala, the cash equivalent of their value.

He made a formal apology in his village of where he holds chiefly status.

In the Rugby World Cup, Samoa had wins over Namibia and Fiji but lost to Wales and South Africa in the pool stages.