It’s A Rebels’ Thing!
Hot on the heels of Amanaki Mafi’s assault on Lopeti Timani, another story of Rebel players brawling comes into the spotlight.
Rebels management, who thought their season was over and that they could relax a bit as they start thinking about next year, find themselves in the midst of more drama, as they have had to suspend two of their players indefinitely after allegations the pair were involved in an incident that left a man in hospital.
The Rebels have confirmed that rookie players Hunter Paisami and Pone Fa’amausili have been stood down pending investigations. They have admitted to club management that they were involved in the incident, which took place in the early hours of Sunday in Melbourne.
The altercation led to one man being admitted to hospital with serious injuries, while the pair have admitted to being at the scene at the time. Faaumasili has given a statement to police, but Paisami is yet to. Charges have not yet been laid.
According to a Facebook post by the victim’s sister, the Rebels’ pair hit the man on the back of the head and left him unconscious and bleeding on the floor. The post also said that “our family is shaken to the core but are extremely blessed and greatful [sic] that this wasn’t a fatal attack”.
Allegations of this nature couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Rebels, after Amanaki Mafi was arrested a week ago in New Zealand after an alleged attack on teammate Lopeti Timani.
Fa’amausili and Paisami are both in their first seasons with the Rebels franchise.
Prop Fa’amausili, 21, has played only one match for the Rebels, an 11-minute cameo off the bench, but is signed to the club through to 2020.
Centre Paisami, 20, is yet to make a Super Rugby appearance and is on an extended squad contract.