NRL side South Sydney Rabbitohs have terminated the contract of player Kirisome Auva’a following a second breach of the NRL’s Testing Policy for illicit and hazardous substances.
The Rabbitohs have stressed that whilst Auva’a did not return a positive test for an illicit or hazardous substance on this occasion, he did however contravene the rules as set out in the NRL Policy.
Under the terms of the Policy, the Rabbitohs now have the right to terminate the contract of players following a second breach, which they have decided to do.
Auva’a was in the news for the wrong reasons in 2014 after an off-field incident which saw him hit with a two-year good behaviour bond and fined $3000 – he was suspended from the NRL for nine months and only returned late in the 2015 season.
In a statement, the Rabbitohs said they would continue to offer welfare assistance and support to Auva’a.