Racing 92 have sacked Fijian lock Leone Nakarawa, the club confirmed today.
The 31-year-old returned from the Rugby World Cup two weeks later than scheduled having played in all four of the Pacific Islanders’ pool matches in Japan before being knocked out. Nakarawa was expected back in Paris on Monday, October 28, but did not return until Monday, November 11.
In the meantime reports circulated that the French giants were considering sacking the Fijian legend while the Pacific Rugby Welfare claimed that Nakarawa was finishing building a house and that he had been granted permission by the Parisian club to do so.
However, the club today released a statement confirming that the star second-row forward will no longer ply his trade in Paris. In the statement, Racing claim that Nakarawa was absent for two weeks without permission and that his actions demonstrated “a total lack of team spirit and marked insubordination.”
The club also criticised the “deplorable example” example that Nakarawa set to teammates while accusing him of “abandoning his post” and not for the first time.
Having joined the club from Glasgow in 2016, the former European Player of the Year must now search for a new place to call home.