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Ex-Tiger/Kiwi league rep detained in double assault inquiry
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Former New Zealand rugby league player Paul Whatuira has reportedly been hospitalised pending a mental assessment after he was arrested in connection with two assaults in England.
English media are reporting that 28-year-old Paul Whatuira now playing for Huddersfield Giant’s in the Super League was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning following a ‘‘bizarre sequence of events’’ which reportedly left two men with serious facial injuries.
The Examiner reported that Whatuira was stopped and restrained by police and taken to the Huddersfield police station in connection with the two assaults.
"Paul and his family have the full medical support of the club available to them at this difficult time,’’ Mr Thewlis said.
Giants managing director Richard Thewlis told the BBC that Whatuira had the club’s “full medical support”.
“The club is upholding its duty of care to provide the best possible environment to help Paul,” he said.
Whatuira, originally from Wainiuiomata, played for the Warriors the Melbourne Storm, Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers in the Australian NRL, winning a premiership with the Tigers in 2005.
He represented the Kiwis 10 times between 2004 and 2006 before moving to the Super League.
His stint at Huddersfield has been successful on the field with Whatuira taking the awards for top try scorer, most metres gained and coaches player of the year last year.
Quite sad, really
Feeling for the Whatuira family right now…very nice people.
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gonna wait and see the end result here, especially the medical side of it.
This news really shocks and saddens me. Would I be wrong in saying that this is totally uncharacteristic
yeh, i saw this on foxsports.com.au this morning.
i really hope he comes through this and everything will be okay for him and his family.