Ex-Manu player hits out

By Rob Kidd - The NZ Herald ,

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Counties Manukau Centre George Leaupepe raises his arms in triumph after the final whistle blows in the match against Waikato at Pukekohe.

Counties Manukau Centre George Leaupepe raises his arms in triumph after the final whistle blows in the match against Waikato at Pukekohe. (Photo: Peter Meecham)

A former Manu Samoa player has launched a stinging attack against New Zealand Rugby after he says he was left on the scrapheap, broke and battered.

George Leaupepe, who played alongside Jonah Lomu in the star-studded Counties Manukau team of the 1990s, was fined after police found a hydroponic cannabis set-up in his Auckland bedroom.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of cultivating the class-C drug and spoke to the Herald to hit out at those behind the game he played for more than a decade.

While the former midfield back admitted fault, he said the cannabis was purely for personal medicinal use after being left with injuries from his years on the field.

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