Mafi and Timani fined by Melbourne Rebels for Dunedin…

Rex Christensen
July 21, 2018

It reported he was treated in hospital, but not admitted for a longer stay.

Mafi, 28, a Japan worldwide and 2017 Australian Super Rugby Player of the Year, is facing a serious assault charge of injuring with intent to injure, an offence that carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment.

Japan worldwide Mafi had been arrested on Sunday following the incident and detained in custody until his court appearance on Monday.

He was charged with injuring with intent to injure.

Mafi entered no plea and was released on bail. The case is next due in court on August 3.

Rebels loose forward Amanaki Mafi.

He has been barred from contacting the team-mate he allegedly assaulted.

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But, given this latest unsavoury incident, not the first of Mafi's career, it's unlikely they would have have second-guessed keeping him around.

Mafi and Timani fought after the side's season-ending loss against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday night. Under the Rebels Disciplinary Protocol, each player has been fined the maximum $15,000 (R147 773).

Rebels chief executive Baden Stephenson stated: "I am bitterly disappointed that an incident has occurred at the end of a season where we have taken pride in our on and off-field behaviour".

Their conduct led to a physical altercation, which has resulted in Mafi being charged with a criminal offence.

The 23-year-old Fiji-born Naisarani is also in the sights of Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, signing a one-year deal with Rugby Australia as well as the Rebels Super Rugby franchise.

The AU$30,000 in fines will be donated to the Rugby Victoria Quilt program - an education and participation program designed to use Rugby as the vehicle to prevent domestic violence, create inclusive sport and recreation environments to ensure that both women and children are not only safe, but respected and treated as equals.

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