Troubled Radradra ordered to surrender passport

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:16
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UPDATE: Troubled Fijian Rugby League star Semi Radradra was forced to surrender his passport Wednesday over domestic violence charges, as a touted move to French union side Toulon was thrown into further doubt.

The Parramatta Eels wing failed to appear for a Sydney court hearing into the allegations involving his former partner Perina Ting on Monday with a magistrate giving him until Wednesday to turn up or face an arrest warrant.

Radradra, who denies the allegations, flew back from Fiji, where he was visiting his ill father, and briefly appeared in court.

Magistrate Tim Keady told him to hand over his passport in order for his bail to continue until his next appearance in February.

The legal drama played out just days after cashed-up Toulon claimed to have signed Radradra for the 2017-18 Top 14 season on a one-year deal with a one-year extension clause.

His manager George Christodoulou on Tuesday said the French Rugby Union powerhouse had "jumped the gun" and Eels Chief Executive Bernie Gurr on Wednesday assured fans Radradra would be at the club in 2017.

"The thing for our club is he's contracted through to the 31st of October, 2017," Gurr told Sky Sports Radio. "So, mate, he'll be with us in '17.

"I spoke to Semi's manager. He definitively said that no contract has been signed."

The powerful 24-year-old was voted Player of the Year in the Australian National Rugby League in 2014 and 2015 and was also top try scorer for 2015.

He came through the ranks as a union player and has also played sevens for Fiji.

If the Toulon deal pans out, he will join several Australians there including James O'Connor, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell with the team rebuilding under English coach Mike Ford.

Agence France-Presse