Warriors wing Manu Vatuvei has taken angrily to social media to challenge his critics in the wake of his club imposed ban from Kiwis test selection after he and four other players admitted to mixing prescription drugs with energy drinks on an unsanctioned late night out early last week.
Vatuvei today posted a filtered picture of himself on Instagram, with a caption saying: "If you wanna talk about me behind my back why don't you come say it to my face... Look in the mirror before you say something about other people...."
The post has attracted 1,915 likes and 238 comments, many offering Vatuvei understanding and support, but others were more critical, prompting him to respond angrily.
"Start living you own life and if you doing better congrats," he replied to one comment.
Vatuvei, together with Ben Matulino, Bodene Thompson, and young front-rowers Sam Lisone and Albert Vete, and Konrad Hurrell, were last week dropped to reserve grade and later stood down from being eligible for test selection, following a late night out after returning home following their embarrassing 42-0 Anzac Day defeat to Melbourne Storm.
Vatuvei, Matulino, Thompson, Lisone, and Vete admitted to the club last Thursday that they mixed prescription drugs and energy drinks, while Hurrell insisted he had not indulged and had only accompanied the players and acted as the group's driver.
It is unclear at this stage whether the group will be granted a return to first grade for the Warriors next match against Penrith in Christchurch on May 14.