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Ripia caught stealing, resigns

2012-01-11 08:17

Perth - New Zealand rugby player Willie Ripia has resigned from Australia's Western Force Super Rugby club after he was allegedly caught stealing from team-mates, reports said Wednesday.

Ripia, 26, was captured on CCTV last week taking players' money in the changing rooms at the Force's Perth headquarters, the West Australian newspaper reported.

The club issued a statement on Tuesday saying Ripia would not be part of the Western Force squad in 2012 after the club agreed to accept the flyhalf's resignation, effective immediately.

"The club has investigated a serious breach of team protocols by the New Zealand born fly-half and following a meeting this morning with senior management, Ripia offered his resignation later in the day," the statement said.

It did not give details of Ripia's "serious breach".

The West Australian newspaper said Force players had been complaining to management about losing money for several months and although Ripia was suspected of taking the cash he repeatedly denied involvement.

The loss of Ripia is a blow to the Force's finals aspirations. The Super Rugby season is less than seven weeks away and the team has already lost Wallaby back James O'Connor to the Melbourne Rebels.

A spokesperson for Ripia's management declined to comment.

AFP

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-01-11 08:40

    Incredible. They make a fortune and then he steals from his 'friends'.

      Martin - 2012-01-11 11:07

      Heard on the radio he has a gambling addiction...suppose thats why... still a twit though..

      fanus.hansen - 2012-01-11 12:13

      That fine, he resigned, out somewhere in the (rugby) wilderness, but if all is true, him having a gambling problem, isn't the best way to help somebody from WITHIN the system? Everybody (teammates and management) knows the facts now, he knows that everybody knows, help the bloke?!?! Or am I too soft on a thief?????

      Gungets - 2012-01-11 13:30

      Fanus - I think you are being soft. Serious, Greece offers diagnosed kleptos cash .. it's like giving addicts drugs for free. Here in South Africa we give our convicted criminals "incurable illness" and let them go home. I reckon it's all soft-c#ck, twaddle. Do the crime, do the time. It's amazing how people learn their lesson.

  • phangolicious - 2012-01-11 09:06

    Sies maan!! he is a kleptomaniac ........ he needs help!!

      John - 2012-01-11 09:20

      He should go to Greece,as he will get a disability allowance for being a kleptomaniac. So he can not only steal but get paid for doing it as well,

      Gungets - 2012-01-11 09:51

      Hahha John - bizarre, isn't it. Way to turn an entire nation into thieves. ----> Gotta love Wikipedia - up to date already. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Ripia

  • Deon - 2012-01-11 09:56

    Not very clever!

  • Byron - 2012-01-11 10:06

    What a chop....his career is now over

      Gungets - 2012-01-11 10:30

      Byron - perhaps not. He can play for the Stormers, I hear they are planning on stealing the Currie Cup this year.

      Tyron - 2012-01-11 11:32

      Gungets, that's the only way the Stormers could possibly get their hands on it!!

      Gungets - 2012-01-11 12:02

      Tyron - I am not being serious - I know the Stormers okes can take a joke. I would not have said it about the Bulls, check poor old Justin and how he is getting flamed.

  • Justin - 2012-01-11 10:33

    Ripia and Quade Cooper should join the bulls. They're a team of axe-murderers and thugs, so they will surely welcome these guys with open arms.

  • Hugh - 2012-01-11 11:01

    . Why do these people insist on being bad role models for children? Almost every day some hero is caught on the wrong side of the law. This applies in particular to South African political and sport stars.

  • Dewald - 2012-01-11 12:43

    Funny that he is from NZ and not from SA!!

      Gungets - 2012-01-11 12:59

      Born in New Zealand, moved to Australia, same as Cooper. Seems Australia started out importing criminals and has just never got out of the habit.

  • Zaahid - 2012-01-11 12:53

    Penalty!!!!!!!!!! Hands in the Ruck Ripia!!!

  • Albertus - 2012-01-11 16:04

    Professional sportsmen and politicians are the two highest paid professions, yet they still have too take more.

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