31 Oct 2016

Rugby player accused of sexual assault named

1:17 pm on 31 October 2016

Name suppression has been lifted on a rugby player accused of sexual assault.


Mid-Canterbury player Kolinio Tamanitoakula, 24, was arrested on 2 October following an incident in Gisborne.

The mid-Canterbury side had played a match in Ruatoria against East Coast the day before.

Mr Tamanitoakula was charged with assault with intent to commit rape.

He appeared in the Gisborne District Court this morning for a sentencing indication and the court lifted name suppression.

Mr Tamanitoakula entered no plea and will reappear on 4 February.