Ex-Manu player hits out
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.