According to information from La Provence, 30-year-old New Zealand scrum-half Jonathan Ruru was fired by the Provence club for hitting a teammate’s wife during an alcoholic party.
Officially, it is due to a knee injury that Jonathan Ruru has not worn the Provence jersey since December 2. But the unofficial reason is quite different. According to information published by Provence This Thursday, the 30-year-old New Zealand scrum-half is being fired by his club for hitting a teammate’s wife! The regional daily reveals that during an evening between players to celebrate the new year, where the spouses were invited, Ruru was very alcoholic and therefore committed this act of violence.
Another teammate then gave him a beating, which earned Ruru a broken jaw and shoulder, and a trip to the hospital for surgery. The New Zealander was then sent to the European Sports Rehabilitation Center in Capbreton (Landes) for treatment. The player’s lawyers argued that the facts took place in a private and non-professional setting, but that did not prevent the leaders of the Provençal club from initiating a dismissal procedure, while he is under contract until in June 2025.
Provence praised his professionalism in December…
When announcing its extension, on December 10, a few weeks before the alcoholic evening, the Provençal club wrote about its vice-captain: “Through his professionalism and his high standards, he also very quickly established himself as the one of the most influential players in the group, whether on the pitch or in the locker room. »
But things can go quickly in life… Arrived in December 2021 from the Auckland Blues with whom he had won Super Rugby, Jonathan Ruru will have played 24 games in the Provençal jersey, including 21 as a starter, for three tries scored. But it is without him that he will finish the season. Provence is currently in ninth place in the Pro D2 standings with five rounds remaining, four points behind the Top 6.