Wallabies forward Lukhan Tui has told teammates he will quit rugby after an ugly confrontation with a fan after a four-point loss to Argentina on the Costa Dorada.
The anguished blind flank said he needed to take a break from rugby after the altercation with the spectator who had allegedly pressured his sister moments after the 23-19 defeat Saturday night against Argentina.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said he hoped "the fan is happy" and that the flanker had addressed the team after the game to tell them he was leaving the team.
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The rower Lukhan Tui was chatting with his family and family when a fan began to reprimand him after the four-point loss at the Cbus Super Stadium in Queensland.
"I hope the fan is happy," Cheika said at the post-match conference.
"That's a very heavy thing, he just told the players in the locker room … he's not going to play for that incident anymore."
It was an ugly end to an emotional week for Tui's family: his stepfather died suddenly on Wednesday and the Wallabies wore black armbands in his honor during the game on the Costa Dorada.
Tui was still able to take his place in the starting lineup and played the full 80 minutes on the blind flank.
But Cheika said the 21-year-old went to the playgroup after the game, telling them he needed to get away from rugby for a while and cut his 2018 campaign.
That means going on a trip to South Africa and Argentina at the end of this month, two very important clashes for a Wallabies team in the midst of a horrible patch of form.
Speaking at the post-match press conference after the Wallabies' 23-19 loss to Argentina, coach Michael Cheika (pictured) said he hoped "the fan would be happy" and that Tui was no longer going to play because of that incident. "
Cheika said the decision of the Wallabies forward was "very unfortunate" and was due to "a combination of factors: the game itself, also the situation of Tui (pictured)."
Cheika said he hoped to talk to Tui but, as things stand, he did not anticipate playing in any of those games.
That's still to be seen. We will see how the week unfolds and go from there, "he told reporters at the Brisbane airport on Sunday.
"I would say it's unlikely, based on what we talked about last night."
Cheika said he had not seen or spoken to Tui since the game.
"I think it's very unfortunate, the combination of factors: the game itself, also the situation (of Tui)," he said.
I do not know about the fanatic or what he said or whatever.
& # 39; I just do not like to see that in the game.
"His stepfather has just died … he just needs to be with his family and be together."
The police arrived after Tui's Wallaby teammates, Jack Maddocks, Marika Koroibete and Samu Kerevi and a member of the Rugby Australia staff were forced to intervene (in the photo is Tui with her sister)
The Wallabies coach went to the media after Tui asked him to take the rest of the season (Tui and his sister are pictured)
Rugby Australia is looking for CCTV vision from within the stadium and will wait for safety reports from the venue before determining what course of action will be taken.
The footage of the broadcast showed that the man was hurling insults at the players before he pushed and pushed with Tui.
The clandestine Lukhan Tui had been talking to his family and friends when the fan began to insult him after the loss of four points of the Wallabies.
Other players, Wallabies center injured Samu Kerevi and team staff moved to try to calm the situation.
Subsequently, another spectator took the fan out of the area by the throat and was stopped by the security guards of Rugby Australia, along with a second offensive fan.
The fanatic who started the verbal diatribe allegedly brought tears to children who were nearby, according to News.com.au.
Wallabies player Reece Hodge was interviewed when the skirmish began, according to Fox Sports, and said: "It's very disappointing and sad to see our fans like that."
The police were on hand and took details, but did not arrest any of the supporters.
& # 39; I do not know the details of exactly what happened. As they do in all Australian lands, they will take a look and see the people on the ground, they are responsible for that, "said Cheika.
Tui, who traditionally plays the padlock, and the fan began to physically put one with the other, and in a moment you can see the player trying to grab the fan