Former NRL star Manu Vatuvei jailed in New Zealand over drug importation

Former New Zealand rugby league star Manu Vatuvei has been convicted of importing methamphetamine.

The sentence is three years and seven months

The 36-year-old former Warriors winger pleaded guilty in the Manukau District Court last year to representation.

Vatuvei was arrested in 2019 following a major police operation.

A summary of the facts of the case states that Vatuvi assisted in the import arrangements

He played 226 matches for the Warriors in the NRL between 2004-17 and 29 Tests for New Zealand from 2005-15.

Vatuvei’s lawyer Vivienne Feyen said from the age of 16 Vatuvei lived in the “structured environment” of professional sport 

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