October 04, 2012
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Nadro clear the air on wingerís NZ arrival

Nadroga Rugby Union has come forward to clarify issues on one of their players who is at the centre of an eligibility investigation by the New Zealand Rugby Union.

Speaking to FijiLive, Jikoibau Matawalu said he was sure Aporosa Tabulawaki arrived in New Zealand in May.

“His release was made on 9 May 2012 and he left Fiji on the 12th or 13th of May,” Matawalu said.

“Surely he was in NZ in May but not sure when was his first game in NZ.”

Tabulawaki’s arrival in New Zealand was highlighted by a New Zealand media saying that his Kiwi club, South Canterbury Union could lose points and lose their place in the first tier competition for having fielded the Nadroga winger which was in direct breach of Heartland Championship rules.

According to the stuff.co.nz website, if the winger arrived in New Zealand after a June 1 cut-off-date it would classify Tabulawaki as a loan player thus cannot be fielded with three other loan players at one time.The website said clubs are only allowed to field up to three loan players at one time.

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