- Was Filipo under contract to Wellington Rugby at the time of the incident? If so, why was he retained? If not, why was he offered one?
- Given he was 17 at the time and the location of the incident, had he been drinking and was he intoxicated?
- Why did WRFU allow him to play for Wellington at the U19 Tournament?
- Does Filipo still have a contract of any sort with WRFU as of today, and if so, why?
- What was the ‘generic information’ provided to Filipo’s lawyer by WRFU about the effects of a conviction on a professional rugby player?
- Does WRFU believe a discharge without conviction in this case is appropriate?
- In providing character references for Filipo, did Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy (a former coach of Filipo’s at St Pats Silverstream), and WRFU CEO Steve Rogers ask for a discharge without conviction, and if so why?
- Does WRFU believe that talent trumps character with its contracted players?
- Does WRFU have a policy, or clause in their player contracts, regarding expected behaviour from contracted players that extends to facing charges that carry a custodial sentence? If not, why not?
- Given this is the second time in less year that a Wellington Premier grade rugby player (and former member of the Academy) has been before the courts on assault charges (and also discharged without conviction), does WRFU believe there is a violence problem amongst players?
- Given that the most seriously injured of Filipo’s victims was also a Wellington Premier grade player, what support has WRFU given him, and those also affected by Filipo’s actions, since the incident?
- How on earth does the Judge consider a discharge without conviction appropriate given the injuries suffered by those affected by Filipo’s victims?
- Does New Zealand Rugby and its CEO Steve Tew consider that harming a potential professional players future outweighs the gravity of the offence, and that the perception exists that rugby players receive leniency as a result?
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