Leone Nakarawa sacked by Racing 92 after returning late from World Cup

Ruben Hill
December 9, 2019

Racing 92 announced on Friday they had sacked Fijian Olympic gold medallist Leone Nakarawa for returning two weeks late after taking a holiday following the Rugby World Cup.

The Fiji global, who claimed European Professional Club Rugby's top individual award in 2018, was scheduled to be back in Racing training on October 28.

Nakarawa, who joined Racing in 2016 from Glasgow Warriors, won the 2018 European Player of the Year award, which the club has said should have "encouraged him to be exemplary".

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.

Racing have cancelled the player's contract, stating the action was "essential", and claim his absence "caused a lot of damage".

The 1.98m, 104kg lock was voted player of the year in Europe in 2018.

However, incoming Wallabies boss Dave Rennie could provide stern competition for the Waratahs, as the current Glasgow Warriors head coach is eager on bringing Nakarawa back to the club he played for over three seasons before moving to France in 2016.

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. It denotes a total lack of team spirit and a marked insubordination.

"After a few days of reflection added to the legal deadlines in force, Jacky Lorenzetti, President of Racing 92 chose to terminate the contract of Mr Léone Nakarawa." - statement from Racing 92 read.

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