5 Apr 2012

Sport: Manu Samoa appointment on hold

1:34 pm on 5 April 2012

The appointment of Samoa's new rugby coach has hit a snag, with the preferred candidate yet to agree terms.

The Samoa Rugby Union announced on Wednesday that former Australia A coach Adrian Thompson had been appointed as Samoa's new head coach.

But Thompson says that, while he may be the SRU's preferred candidate, he has yet to sign a contract and agree terms.

Meanwhile a rugby club in Samoa has been suspended from competing for two weeks and a player in its senior reserve team has been banned for life after the alleged assault of a referee.

The Vaiusu rugby club also has to pay a fine of 500 US dollars, though this could be reduced if the club makes a formal apology and asks for leniency.

The player accused of assaulting the referee is also being charged by the police and is due to appear in court next Tuesday.