Player Banned From Rugby League Following Disgusting Incident

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19 May 2017

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The country rugby league player at the centre of an off-the-ball hit on an opponent has been deregistered and banned indefinitely.

Oakdale player Manu Asoava has been barred from the sport in country NSW for a hit that left Camden Rams captain Chris Browne with a sickening ankle injury.

Browne was chasing a kick down field when Asoava appeared to dive at his legs, leaving him with a compound fracture and ankle dislocation.

Asoava, who has a lengthy judiciary history in other regions, was originally suspended for 15 weeks by the Group 6 judiciary.

The decision caught the attention of NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg on Thursday, before the Country Rugby League stepped in and cancelled his registration on Friday.

"The board was appalled at this incident and has determined that Manu should be de-registered," CRL chief executive Terry Quinn said.

"If he wishes to play in a country NSW competition again he will need to apply to the CRL and give good reason why he should be registered." Read the official statement below.

Official Statement

The Country Rugby League (CRL) today de-registered Oakdale Workers player Manu Asoava.

It means he has been barred from playing Rugby League in Country New South Wales indefinitely.

Asoava was involved in an incident which resulted in another player suffering an horrific injury to his ankle in a Group 6 match two weeks ago.

He was initially suspended by the Group 6 judiciary for the rest of the season.

But the CRL Board decided today that the incident was so serious that Asoava should have his registration cancelled.

CRL CEO Terry Quinn said player welfare was the game’s top priority and the Board had a duty to send a message to all players that acts of violence would not be tolerated.

“The Board was appalled at this incident and has determined that Manu should be de-registered,” he said.

“If he wishes to play in a country NSW competition again he will need to apply to the CRL and give good reason why he should be registered.

“In the absence of that happening, he will not be allowed to play in any of our competitions.”

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