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Tui Kamikamica Trains Despite Charges

He was told to stand down by the Storm last month when he was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm. His next hearing is on January 10, where he plans to challenge his assault charge. The Storm yesterday confirmed that Kamikamica had returned to training this week for the first time this pre-season.
22 Dec 2021 15:00
Tui Kamikamica Trains Despite Charges
Melbourne Storm and Fiji Bati prop Tui Kamikamica.

While Melbourne prop Tui Kamikamica remains subject to the Australian National Rugby League no-fault stand-down policy, Fiji Bati head coach Joe Rabele is hopeful that everything is cleared by June next year.

Kamikamica, 27, has been cleared to return to training while preparing to fight the assault charge of an alleged incident with an unknown woman at a Brisbane nightspot last month.

The Melbourne Storm forward had only told his club of the situation after a Police investigation, almost a fortnight after the incident.

 

He was told to stand down by the Storm last month when he was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.

His next hearing is on January 10, where he plans to challenge his assault charge.

The Storm yesterday confirmed that Kamikamica had returned to training this week for the first time this pre-season.

 

However, the Fijian international will not be able to play until his court matter is finalised, with his next hearing on January 10.

Since making his debut in 2017, Kamikamica has made 55 NRL appearances for the Storm while also representing Fiji on 12 occasions.

Fiji Bati play the Papua New Guinea Kumus on June 25, 2022 at a venue yet to be finalised.

 

Speaking to Sun sports coach Rabele said the door was still open for Kamikamica.

“If the NRL suspends Kamikamica then we will respect their decision,” Rabele said.

“If he is allowed to play then it will be a bonus for his club and the Fiji Bati.”

 

“As an experienced and senior member of the Fiji Bati squad, aspiring Bati players always look up to players of Kamikamica’s caliber.”

“It is players like Kamikami that boost upcoming players to go into the same pathway.”

“While the Fiji Bati door is still open for Kamikamica, everything depends on the ruling made about his assault case.”

 

“His experience is valuable for our young players – his knowledge, exposure and understanding of the game are equally important as we can draw many good things from him.”

“Our Test match against Papua New Guinea is in June and I am hope that he is not suspended till then.”

Last week Papua New Guinea had leapfrogged Fiji into fifth spot on the International Rugby League world rankings with the Fijian Bati dropping to sixth ahead of next year’s World Cup in England.
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