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Former rugby league star Manu Vatuvei has pleaded guilty to importing methamphetamine.

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The 35-year-old appeared in the Manukau District Court this morning.

He was due to stand trial this week on charges of importing methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine for supply.

But he has now entered a guilty plea through his lawyer Vivienne Feyen to a representative importation charge.

Feyen told the court Vatuvei accepted responsibility for his offending.

Vatuvei has been remanded on bail ahead of his sentencing in December.

The Crown has indicated it will withdraw the remaining charges at sentencing.

Vatuvei was arrested in November 2019.

He fought to keep his name secret, but name suppression was declined by both the District Court and High Court.

Days before suppression was due to lapse, Vatuvei outed himself on Instagram].

At the time, he told his followers he wanted them to hear directly from him that he was accused of possessing and importing the drug in 2019.


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