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Former Manager Fined 100 Pigs for Poor World Cup Showing

| by Alex Groberman

Tuala Mathew Vaea, former manager of the Manu Samoa rugby team was fined 100 pigs for not performing up to expectations at the last Rugby World Cup. Vaea’s hometown council village in Leauva announced this week that, as per Chief Sala Lose, Vaea "had tarnished the chiefly title bestowed on," well, him.

Vaea was criticized for, among other things, spending the vast majority of his time drinking, treating the World Cup “like a holiday…often playing golf,” and acting like he didn’t want to be there. That, coupled with Vaea’s final dishonorable act of not being around to present jerseys to his team during their final pool outing versus South Africa proved to be the final nail in his coffin.

According to the New Zealand Herald:

In a report to the Samoan Prime Minister last month, captain Mahonri Schwalger criticised Mr Vaea's behaviour during the tournament.

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The report claimed Mr Vaea "did not want to be there at most times" and "spent most of his time drinking". It also said that he treated the World Cup like a holiday, and was often out playing golf.

Mr Vaea was also accused of not being around to present the jerseys before the team's final pool game against South Africa.

Samoa went on to finish in third place at the tournament, and Vaea subsequently lost his job as manager upon return to New Zealand.

The 100 confiscated pigs will be passed out to his village and are worth approximately $2,500.

(Kudos to Deadspin for the find)

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