Out-and-out thug and former Warrior's- prodigy Shaun Metcalf and his two teenage friends tried to kick to death Metcalf's unborn child two years ago by viciously assaulting his pregnant girlfriend in a Mangere carpark. They served an eighteen month jail sentence for the assault, and now have been handed a ticket back to rugby league.
An NZPA report says this morning:
The New Zealand Rugby League board has decided the three Auckland 17-year-olds, suspended for assaulting the teenage girl in a suburban reserve nearly two years ago, can rejoin the code.Who on earth would look forward to cheering any sporting achievement by these guys?
Remember just a few years ago when the Springboks fielded in their front row a convicted murderer, jailed for beating to death a black farm labourer? It was a low point even for the Springbok jersey, and yesterday's decision leaves a similar taste in the mouth.
You can be banned from rugby league for life for punching a referee, but these guys who only through good fortune failed to kick to death an unborn child somehow deserved a chance to 'rehabilitate themselves.' This is a low point even for rugby league.