Star Queensland Reds recruit Suliasi Vunivalu has been sensationally stood down from Friday’s season opening Super Rugby AU match and fined $10,000 after allegedly pushing a security guard.
Vunivalu, has been charged over the incident which happened on January 30.
The club said the 25-year-old Fijian had brought “the club and the game into disrepute” and he would not be available for Friday’s clash with the NSW Waratahs.
The Reds released the following statement this afternoon:
“Rugby Australia (RA) and the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) are aware of an incident involving Suliasi Vunivalu on 30 January 2021.
“Vunivalu with allegedly pushing a security guard at a licensed venue in Brisbane. The matter is ongoing before the court and will be reviewed by RA and QRU once it is resolved.
“In the interim, the QRU have taken the immediate step to stand down Vunivalu for Friday’s match against NSW Waratahs for bringing the club and the game into disrepute. The QRU has also issued Vunivalu a formal written warning, a fine of $10,000 and the Club will provide Suliasi with counselling and support.
“Rugby Australia and the Queensland Rugby Union takes its position within the community very seriously and aims to uphold the highest standards of behaviour at all times.”
Vunivalu made the switch to rugby after last year’s NRL premiership victory with Melbourne Storm.
The Fijian international played 111 games for Storm, including grand final wins in 2017 and last year.
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