Samoan rugby manager Tuala Matthew Vaea is pleading for leniency after his village slapped him with a 100 pig fine for alleged bad behaviour during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Samoan captain Mahonri Schwalger accused Vaea and other Samoan officials of treating the recent tournament like a “massive boozy holiday with mates” and sent a report to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi complaining of unprofessionalism.
The fine of 100 female pigs was handed down to the manager by Leauva’a elders on the basis that the allegations had tarnished his “chiefly title.”
The Public Apology understands that the Samoan manager has just 37 pigs – none of them female – in his ownership (NZ$925) and will need to come to an agreement with the village on a monthly pig payment plan if he is to avoid a corporal punishment sentence.
Meanwhile, the Samoan Pig is trading at $0.06 against the Greenback at time of publishing.
By Dave Edwards