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Former North Queensland Cowboy Wayne Ulugia faces Townsville Discrict court for violent choking
JUNE 29, 2018

A FORMER North Queensland Cowboy has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment for choking his partner.

Wayne Junior Ulugia faced Townsville District Court yesterday after pleading guilty to choking in a domestic setting — a domestic violence offence.

Ulugia, 26, was viewed as a potential star in the making when he was lured to Townsville by Cowboys scouts from his birth nation of New Zealand when he was just 13.

He played just four NRL games for the Cowboys but scored six tries. He had an even shorter career in the United Kingdom, playing just three matches for Hull.

Ulugia parted ways with both organisations after repeated breaches of the clubs’ codes of conduct.

In 2014, Ulugia stole a woman’s handbag from the Mad Cow Tavern and had previously appeared in court twice in relation to shoplifting. In court yesterday, Crown prosecutor Dane Marley said Ulugia had choked his partner twice in quick succession during a heated argument.

The court heard Ulugia first put both his hands around his victim’s neck in a standing position, before pushing her on to a couch and pressing down on her throat with one hand.

Mr Marley said the victim said she felt as though she was going to pass out but maintained consciousness.

He said during the dispute Ulugia also threatened to “punch” and “kill” the victim.

Mr Marley presented photographs of the victim’s neck to the courts which he said showed red marks.

Judge John Coker said while choking in a domestic setting was a concerning and prevalent offence in the community, Ulugia’s incident was at the “low end” of offending”.

Judge Coker said Ulugia was the sole breadwinner for his family and that any term of imprisonment would affect them as well.

“No doubt the day you spent in remand was sobering and the thought of a more lengthy period of imprisonment would be harrowing for you,” Judge Coker said.

“Any penalty imposed must ensure that the community generally is both aware of the consequences of such behaviours and of the serious abhorrence that the community has in relation to such behaviours.”

Defence barrister Scott Geeves said the dispute, on June 17 last year, surrounded allegations of infidelity.

Mr Geeves said despite Ulugia having a criminal history, there was no violence on his record.

He said his client was actively working to rehabilitate himself and had completed a domestic violence course.

Importantly, Mr Geeves presented a reference letter from the victim which “pleads for leniency”.

He said Ulugia and his partner were improving their relationship and although there was still work to be done wanted to have a future together.

Judge Coker sentenced Ulugia to nine months’ imprisonment to be suspended immediately with an operative period of two years, meaning if he offended within that time he was at risk of having his sentence enacted and spending actual time behind bars.
 

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Pretty grim reading
 

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26? Jeez. Sort your s**t out champ
 

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Am I missing something here????
Cos this makes no fckng sense at all??????
I was surprised that he (Ulugia) was 26, had in my mind he was much younger. Felt like just yesterday he was punted. And the knobhead needs to sort his s**t out.

* oh and I dont really think he is a champ, Im using the term ironically
 

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Kikau just had his knee taken out by a Manly players head. Looked pretty bad.
 

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Kikau just had his knee taken out by a Manly players head. Looked pretty bad.
*Tamou ??

Could have been worse, had it been a Manly knee into Jimmy T's head, it would have shattered his leg to dust from the hip down
 

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*Tamou ??

Could have been worse, had it been a Manly knee into Jimmy T's head, it would have shattered his leg to dust from the hip down

Na Kikau has his knee hyper extended trying to tackle a Manly player who ducked low and smashed his knee. Looked like it would've hurt.


That was a sneaky one by Tamou though lol. Dunno if it'll sneak past the match review committee though.
 

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Looks like Ponga might have strained a hammy. Was always going to one of the big tests for him this year, how he held up physically over a long period. Doubly so now that they have thrown him in Origin as well.
 

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Looks like Ponga might have strained a hammy. Was always going to one of the big tests for him this year, how he held up physically over a long period. Doubly so now that they have thrown him in Origin as well.
It’s a shit of an injury for him. I doubt Newcastle has much of a sports science department to bring him back from the injury well, so I can see this being a struggle for him for the rest of the season. I think they’ll rush him back and he’ll have no confidence in the leg.
 

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Well I support Wayne and his wife in moving forward-most family's have ups and downs.

KP may be back in time for the Cowboys grudge match
 

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Ponga pretty confident of playing next week.
Fitzgibbon back this week on the bench...Pearce good in comeback last week.
Hard to beat next week
 

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Got chatting at work about some of the talent we've let go over the past couple years, and as a Friday arvo thought experiment tried to come up with a 17 man squad of players who have left us since the 2012-2013 off season. This is what we came up with:

1. Kalyn Ponga
2. Matthew Wright
3. Tautau Moga
4. Mosese Pangai
5. Curtis Rona
6. Robert Lui
7. Jahrome Hughes
8. James Tamou
9. Brandon Smith
10. Viliame Kikau
11. Tariq Sims
12. Felise Kaufusi
13. Rhyse Martin

14. James Segeyaro
15. Patrick Mago
16. Patrick Kaufusi
17. Braden Uele

Criteria: Had to have played for us at either u20s or NRL level, has to still be active as a player and had to have signed with another NRL or Super League club after leaving.

Not saying most of these guys would make our current team but it's interesting food for thought
 

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Rhyse Martin was never contracted to us and didn’t play 20s for us. His brother Tyson did.

Maybe chuck Corey Horsburgh in there, might be one that’ll come back to bite us. Seems like he’s been playing well in NSW Cup and was great for Qld U20s.
 
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Rhyse Martin was never contracted to us and didn’t play 20s for us. His brother Tyson did.

Maybe chuck Corey Horsburgh in there, might be one that’ll come back to bite us. Seems like he’s been playing well in NSW Cup and was great for Qld U20s.
Fair enough, I remember Rhyse playing for the Blackhawks and thought he played u20s too. Must have been thinking of Tyson.
 

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Got chatting at work about some of the talent we've let go over the past couple years, and as a Friday arvo thought experiment tried to come up with a 17 man squad of players who have left us since the 2012-2013 off season. This is what we came up with:

1. Kalyn Ponga
2. Matthew Wright
3. Tautau Moga
4. Mosese Pangai
5. Curtis Rona
6. Robert Lui
7. Jahrome Hughes
8. James Tamou
9. Brandon Smith
10. Viliame Kikau
11. Tariq Sims
12. Felise Kaufusi
13. Rhyse Martin

14. James Segeyaro
15. Patrick Mago
16. Patrick Kaufusi
17. Braden Uele

Criteria: Had to have played for us at either u20s or NRL level, has to still be active as a player and had to have signed with another NRL or Super League club after leaving.

Not saying most of these guys would make our current team but it's interesting food for thought
Ponga Hughes Smith Kikau big losses, Mago I have time for...others I can live without I think
 

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Capras new coach is ex Kiwi Test rep
Central Queensland Capras Media & QRL Media
Wed 15 Aug 2018, 03:18 PM

The Rockhampton Leagues Club CQ Capras have today announced the appointment of David Faiumu as the new 2019 Intrust Super Cup head coach.

In a statement the club said Faiumu brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience with him, and the benefits of this experience at the club have already been witnessed through his current position as assistant to departing coach Kim Williams, who is taking up a job offer in Wales.

A brief overview of Faiumu's career is as follows:
  • Faiumu played for the CQ Capras / Comets in 2003
  • Playing career with the North QLD Cowboys (5 years) with players such as Johnathon Thurston, Matt Scott, Matty Bowen etc.
  • Played for the Huddersfield Giants (7 years) in the English Super league. Total of 238 NRL & Super League games.
  • Played 13 international rugby league games for New Zealand, Samoa & European Exiles
  • Coaching roles with the Huddersfield Giants, Junior Kiwis, CQ Capras
  • Has played under coaches such as Graham Murray, Neil Henry, Nathan Brown, Wayne Bennett
  • Game Development Officer (Huddersfield), GM of Rugby League (Wellington RL), QRL Central Division Well Being Officer.
  • Relocated back to Rockhampton with his family in October 2017 to be closer to his wife's family (who are from Rockhampton).
  • Kim Williams offered Faiumu a position as assistant coach to the CQ Capras ISC team. He applied for and was successful in being appointed The Well Being Officer for QRL Central Division.
  • Faiumu is committed to the Central QLD Capras strategic plan and understands the importance of promoting from within and developing our own for the future.
  • Faiumu is extremely honoured and proud to be given this opportunity.
https://www.qrl.com.au/news/20182/08/15/capras-new-coach-is-ex-kiwi-test-rep/
 
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