Rabbitohs terminate Auva'a contract after drug policy breach


South Sydney Rabbitohs have terminated the contract of centre Kirisome Auva'a after a second drug policy breach.

Auva'a did not return a positive drugs test, but was deemed to have contravened NRL regulations for a second time.

Souths subsequently decided to end their relationship with 24-year-old, but will continue to offer their support.

"The South Sydney Rabbitohs have terminated the contract of player Kirisome Auva'a following a second breach of the NRL's testing policy for illicit and hazardous substances," a club statement read.

"Whilst Auva'a did not return a positive test for an illicit or hazardous substance in this instance, he contravened the rules as set out in the NRL policy. 

"Under the terms of the policy, the club has the right to terminate the contract of players following a second breach, which it has decided to do.

"The club will continue to offer welfare assistance and support to Kirisome."

In 2014, Auva'a served a nine-month suspension following a domestic violence case.

The centre follows Paul Carter out of the door at ANZ Stadium after he was sacked on Tuesday for "a breach of the club's code of conduct and specific clauses in his NRL contract".

On Thursday, Rabbitohs captain Greg Inglis was handed a three-match ban for a challenge that broke Josh Dugan's jaw in the third match of the State of Origin series.