Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Samoa's rugby captain has accused his bosses 12Bet update 10/26

In a report sent straight to Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, Mahonri Schwalger lashed out at what he says was the team management's heavy drinking and unprofessionalism while touring New Zealand.

But chief executive Su'a Peter Schuster said the allegations were "over the top", claiming "it was my job to socialise, to make the families and sponsors feel good".

In his report, Schwalger blamed his team's lacklustre tournament performance - a third place pool finish behind South Africa and Wales - on a lack of focus from several among the executive team.

"We as a team feel that our preparation was tainted by not having people in vital positions committed to their duties and responsibilities before every game," he said.

He said the bosses treated the event like a "massive holiday", with manager Tuala Mathew Vaea accused of going out "drinking every single day".

Ryan Schuster, who is assistant manager, "could not do the job properly", while Samoan Rugby Union vice-chairman Lefau Harry Schuster "was there to enjoy himself with his mates".

Chief executive Su'a Peter Schuster was singled out for "bringing his friends (and) board members to the hotel to continually drink".

"We found this a big distraction for the players whilst they are trying to prepare for every game," he said.

CEO Schuster told NZ Newswire today the allegations were both a surprise and an embarrassment for the organisation.

"Firstly, I can assure you there was no partying," he said.

"I would have a cup of coffee, a glass of beer with families and dignitaries in my role providing support behind the scenes. It all helps to build our financial support, which we need."

He said it was "unfortunate" Schwalger had opted to go the media and the prime minister with his complaints.

Mr Tuilaepa released a statement yesterday saying professionalism among team management was very important and he was disappointed problems had not been brought to his attention sooner. -


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