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Vatuvei granted medical leave

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/05/2016

Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors looks dejected following the round eight NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on April 25, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia © Graham Denholm/Getty Images Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors looks dejected following the round eight NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on April 25, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia Wing Manu Vatuvei has been granted leave on medical grounds, Warriors managing director Jim Doyle said on Tuesday.

"Following medical advice received today, Manu is now on leave. We would ask that everyone respects his and his family's right to privacy at this time," Doyle said in a statement.

Vatuvei was one of six Warriors dropped for Sunday's NRL match against St George Illawarra in Auckland after they breached protocol with their off-field behaviour in the wake of the 42-0 Anzac Day loss to Melbourne.

Along with Ben Matulino and Bodene Thompson, Vatuvei was also ruled ineligible for Friday's trans-Tasman Test against Australia in Newcastle.

Albert Vete, Sam Lisone and Konrad Hurrell were also dropped for Sunday's NRL match against St George Illawarra amid allegations five of the six players had mixed prescription drugs with energy drinks.

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