Maiava to remain a Shark

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Cronulla coach Stuart Raper says prop Hutch Maiava will remain a member of the Sharks squad in 2006 despite punching a team mate at training yesterday.

Young forward Jacob Selmes required 12 stitches after being punched by Maiava during an altercation in a weights session at pre-season training. It is unclear what caused the scuffle.

Maiava has been suspended from training while the board considers his punishment. He is unlikely to train again this year. Raper said Maiava had been very remorseful for his actions and had apologised to Selmes.

The Sharks coach claimed there would be no issue with Maiava playing with the Sharks in 2006.

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