Melbourne Rebels' Amanaki Mafi released on bail after alleged assault


Amanaki Mafi (left) of Melbourne Rebels passes the ball during the Melbourne Rebels vs Queensland Reds in the Vodafone Super Rugby at AMMI Park, Melbourne, Australia on 23 February 2018.

Japan global rugby player Amanaki Lelei Mafi was released on bail Monday after appearing in court in Dunedin, New Zealand, charged with assaulting one of his Melbourne Rebels teammates, according to local media.

Lawyer Anne Stevens successfully applied for Mafi to be remanded without plea until August 3.

Rugby Australia and the Rebels confirmed that Mafi was in police custody following an incident in Dunedin after a 43-37 defeat to the Highlanders on Saturday.

The terms of his bail mean he can not associate with Timani.

Mafi was taken into custody by Dunedin Police on Sunday morning but released on bail under the condition that he does not associate with Timani.

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Timani and his alleged assailant, Rebels No.8 Amanaki Mafi, were slapped with $15,000 fines for their involvement in a late-night bust-up in Dunedin on Sunday.

Melbourne Rebels chief executive Baden Stephenson said: "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".

They were unable to make further comment.

Loose forward Mafi will appear in Dunedin District Court on Monday charged with injuring with intent to injure in an incident in South Dunedin.

The victim received moderate injuries in the incident but did not need hospital treatment, she said.

Mafi represented Tonga at the 2009 Under-20 World Cup in Japan, and after moving there for rugby was selected in the Japan national side by then-coach Eddie Jones in 2014.