Rugby

Police White Out Of The Third Leg: Tudravu

I am emphasising this because we are using sports as a community policing initiative in order for us to get the support of the members of the public especially the young ones, the youths, which is our aim,
03 Mar 2021 15:11
Police White Out Of  The Third Leg: Tudravu
Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu. Photo: Fiji Police Force

Fiji Rugby Union will have to look for a replacement for the Police White team in the third leg of the Super 7s Series on March 19-20 at Ratu Ganilau Park, Savusavu.

This was after acting Commissioner of Police, Rusiate Tudravu, directed that the team will not be participating in the next leg.

This followed after Police White player, Wationi Sevutia, punched Raiwasa Taveuni player, Manueli Maisamoa, during their quarterfinal match at the Nawaka 7s last weekend.

Sevutia is also out of the Police rugby team.

Tudravu made the statement yesterday at the Police Special Response Unit, in Nasinu, after the handover of the Fiji Police Force maritime equipment from the Japanese Embassy.

He met the team and indicated that those who were yellow carded will be receiving warning letters regarding their conduct.

He has also invited the Raiwasa Taveuni team to meet him today.

“I have made it clear that the constable that was involved in the incident, he will be taken into our tribunal process,” he said.

“I have also directed that the constable that was implicated to be taken out from our Police 7s squad, he is no longer part of the Police 7s team.

“It was uncalled for, it is a spur of a moment – I’m surprised he is a matured constable, there are a lot of things that I have received from the report of the manager but I have told them, for us Police officers we need to be cool, calm and collected.

“And also I would like to state that I have also directed that they will not participate in the next leg in Savusavu, the Police White will not participate in that and I am in consultation with Fiji Rugby Union.

“This is internal measures, I want to teach our players to know that if they go off the line they will be held accountable.

“The team is my decision for them to know – to teach them a lesson, not to participate in the third leg. Only the Police Blue will participate in that leg as they the champions now.”

He added that sports were an important part of the Fiji Police Force’s community policing engagements.

“I am emphasising this because we are using sports as a community policing initiative in order for us to get the support of the members of the public especially the young ones, the youths, which is our aim,” Tudravu said.

“That is why we allow the Police team to be involved in sports in rugby and other sports, it is part of pour community policing engagement.

“Not only through sports, it is part of our community policing so I take a hard stance on those that do not meet the requirement of that community policing as part of it.

“Only the players involved will go through the process of our disciplinary.

“I’m extending my invitation to the management and the team for Raiwasa Taveuni for our possible meet, might be tomorrow (today). I will be meeting them personally to reassure them.”

Police White is placed fourth in the series table with 30 points, while Police Blue leads the table with 44.

Raiwasa Taveuni is second with 36 points and LAR Barbarians has 32 points.

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