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Lima resigns from Samoa rugby coaching role

January 7, 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Retired rugby star Brian Lima has resigned as defense coach of the Samoan national team after his arrest for an alleged assault on his former wife.

The Samoa Observer newspaper said Samoa Rugby Union chairman Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi confirmed receiving a letter in which Lima resigned from “all active roles.”

The newspaper said Lima will appear in court on Monday to face charges of causing actual bodily harm and being armed with a dangerous weapon. The charges follow an alleged assault by Lima on his wife Lemalu Sina Retzlaff, former president of the Samoa Chamber of Commerce, at a local bar.

Lima, a member of the International Rugby Board Hall of Fame, has 65 test caps and is the only Samoa player to have appeared in five World Cups.

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