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Ex-Salford winger faces life in prison

Manu Vatuvei Salford

Former Salford Red Devils and New Zealand Warriors star Manu Vatuvei has admitted importing methamphetamine, which could see him facing life in prison.

Vatuvei was charged with both possessing the drug for supply as well as importing it, though he previously denied the charges.

The Warriors icon was charged in December 2019 with possessing methamphetamine for supply and importing the Class A drug.

On Wednesday, Vatuvei appeared at Manukau District Court where he admitted a representative charge of importing methamphetamine. The remaining charges will be withdrawn, the Crown said.

Judge Jonathan Moses convicted Vatuvei of the charges and granted his application for bail on a curfew, until sentencing in December alongside his brother.

Vatuvei retired from professional rugby league due to injury in 2017, after a career spanning more than 13 years.

The powerful winger played eight games for Salford in Super League over a period of two seasons.

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