The Vodafone Warriors and New Zealand Rugby have reached an agreement following mediation to resolve a dispute arising from Etene Nanai-Seturo’s decision to leave the Vodafone Warriors and sign with New Zealand Rugby.
Under the agreement, Nanai-Seturo has been released from all his obligations to the Vodafone Warriors with all terms and conditions of the release to be kept confidential.
New Zealand Rugby’s general manager rugby Neil Sorensen said they had a productive meeting with the Vodafone Warriors which resulted in an amicable outcome for both parties and a new set of protocols regarding contracted players switching between the two codes.
“We have an enormous amount of respect for each other’s organisations and we wish each other every success in our respective codes,” said Sorensen.
“We have also agreed on protocols to be followed where either of us is made aware of any player who is interested in changing codes in the middle of their employment. Under those protocols we will be able to avoid this situation arising again in future.”
Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George welcomed the agreement and said he was looking forward to continuing to have a productive relationship with New Zealand Rugby.
“We need to work together when faced with these situations and it is not in either of our interests for these matters to be aired in public,” he said.
“The Vodafone Warriors wish Etene well with his career.”
As part of the agreement, the parties have agreed no further comments will be made on any matter concerning the dispute.