Samoa's Lima quits in shame

2014-01-07 10:30

Wellington - Retired rugby star Brian Lima has resigned as defence coach of the Samoan national team after his arrest for an alleged assault on his former wife.

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The Samoa Observer newspaper said Samoa Rugby Union chairman Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi confirmed receiving a letter in which Lima resigned from "all active roles."

The newspaper said Lima will appear in court on Monday to face charges of causing actual bodily harm and being armed with a dangerous weapon.

The charges follow an alleged assault by Lima on his wife Lemalu Sina Retzlaff, former president of the Samoa Chamber of Commerce, at a local bar.

Lima, a member of the International Rugby Board Hall of Fame, has 65 test caps and is the only Samoa player to have appeared in five World Cups.


  • Lewies Gardner - 2014-01-07 09:25

    Not surprised at all. What comes around goes around. I don't think there is any other rugby team in the world with so many thugs in their team as the somoans.

      Darryl Farmer - 2014-01-07 11:11

      tonga dude they have alot more red cards

      Arnold BigGuns - 2014-01-08 01:30

      Then you better do some research regarding the boks who happen to be the biggest thugs and dirtiest players in world rugby since the introduction of the card system in 2001

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