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Report: Samoa rugby manager fined 100 pigs

Updated: November 21, 2011, 15:29


WELLINGTON, New Zealand(AP) Samoan rugby team manager Tuala Matthew Vaea has reportedly been fined 100 pigs by his village following allegations of bad behavior at the Rugby World Cup.

Leauva'a village chief Sala Lose told the New Zealand Herald newspaper the fine, worth around $2,500, was imposed because allegations made by Samoa captain Mahonri Schwalger had tarnished the chiefly title bestowed on Vaea.

Schwalger complained in a letter to Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi that Vaea and other senior Samoa Rugby Union officials treated the World Cup as a holiday, were often absent from the team and spent much of the tournament drinking with friends.

Vaea, who is no longer team manager, was not available for comment.

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