Capital Rugby Union has done a tremendous job and moved in swiftly to sports related violence. Many would have viewed on social media a video of the unfortunate incident involving two rugby players at Bava Park last weekend.
The CRU has released a press statement on the issue and it clearly shows the strong stance the Union has taken on this issue. It’s also great to see the affected club in this incident show their co-operation in ensuring that there is no place for violence in sport.
Here’s the full script of the press release.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.
Before I begin I would like to thank you all for attending today’s press conference. The purpose of this press conference is for us, as the cru, to make an official statement:
Avosa Kaipu of the harlequins rugby football club after departing field 1, walked back into the playing arena to the technical zone where the team officials and players of the nova rugby football union club were seated and physically assaulted and chased elipema kini with an iron pole.
Avosa was restrained by the cru match officials and members of the harlequins rugby football club, who calmed him down and quelled the situation.
Our thoughts and prayers go to:
As a Union we are disappointed, shocked and appalled about last Sunday’s incident, and we were all left asking questions as to what could compel a player to feel so aggrieved, that he felt justified in physically attacking his opponent in the manner that he did.
As a rugby family we share the pain and sorrow of what happened to both these men, whom we all have a connection to.
Under no circumstances does the CRU condone this type of behavior.
All of our clubs including the harlequins rugby football union club are dismayed at the extreme act of violence perpetrated by Avosa.
There is absolutely no place for violence and abuse in sport and rugby union is no exception.
Since my executive and i took office, we have worked tirelessly to change the mind set and culture of the rugby community in the CRU.
We believe that good people make good rugby players and the message that has been permeated to all of our clubs, has been to take ownership of their actions and treat each other with dignity and respect.
Last night the CRU executives and the CRU club presidents, convened a special meeting to address this matter and how we, as a union and member of the PNG sporting fraternity, need to set the precedent moving forward to prevent this from happening again.
I would like to thank all our presidents for their frank and open dialogue and I would also like to thank the harlequins rugby football union club for their cooperation in assisting us to resolve this matter.
Harlequins like all of our clubs in the CRU, have a proud history and have contributed much to the development of rugby in the national capital district and Papua New Guinea.
Their honesty and openness in taking responsibility and ownership of last Sunday’s incident is very much appreciated.
From last night’s meeting it was resolved that:
In the meantime, prior to the judiciary convening, the Harlequins Rugby Football Union Club is suspended from taking further part in the CRU 15 aside competition until further notice.
I would like to conclude by saying that the game of rugby is bigger than any one person, club or association.
As custodians of the game, our legacy will be the condition or state that our sport is in, when we pass the mantle on to the next generation.
As a union we believe we have abided by the rules, regulations, values and principles dictated by world rugby, in addressing this matter.
And in addition we have also shown due care and best practice in responding to the interests of our internal and external stakeholders.
The actions taken by the CRU to address this matter and the precedent set moving forward will not only bode well for the cru but will also serve in the best interests for rugby in Papua New Guinea.
Kori Chan – CRU President