Well known for previous off-field indiscretions involving domestic violence that led to many fans calling for him to be sacked, Kirisome Auva’a could be in more strife.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs centre who has struggled somewhat this season, is facing a potential ban once due process has been undertaken.
Initially thought to have tested positive to a banned test, Auva’a has in fact simply contravened NRL rules on illicit drugs.
Not one to beat around the bush in instances such as these, the NRL conducted stringent testing and released their results to both the club and the player.
Auva’a now has the choice to either accept the potential ban or fight it.
Souths released a statement a short time ago on the incident:
“The South Sydney Rabbitohs are aware of an NRL notice of contravention that has been issued to player Kirisome Auvaâ€™a following a second breach of the NRLâ€™s Testing Policy for illicit and hazardous substances. Auvaâ€™a did not return a positive test for an illicit or hazardous substance, but contravened the rules as set out in the NRL Policy.
The player had until 4pm today (Wednesday) to lodge an appeal. Neither Auvaâ€™a nor his representatives have chosen to do so.
The Rabbitohs will be following a process; in conjunction with the NRL, RLPA and the player; regarding possible sanctions, rehabilitation and support. This will be discussed at a Football Club Board meeting next week.
The Rabbitohs will not be making any further comment at this time.”