Five times World Cup player Samoan Brian Lima resigned as Manu Samoa rugby union defensive coach following charges of domestic violence brought against him by his ex-wife, Lemalu Sina Retzlaff. Ms Retzlaff, a prominent businesswoman and former Samoan Chamber of Commerce president, went public last month after ex-husband Brian Lima allegedly assaulted her, leaving her badly bruised. Samoan police reports reveal Lima, who was arrested last month, was charged with ‘causing actual bodily harm and being armed with a dangerous weapon.’ Brian Lima’s resignation and apology letter to Samoa’s rugby union president and Prime Minister Tui’laepa Sa’ilele stated his wish to relinquish his ‘active roles’ and coaching responsibilities in the name of protecting the sport.
Dulciana Somare-Brash has Bachelor Degrees in political science & international relations, and law from James Cook University. Her experience in politics and development ranges from employment with ABC/Radio Australia in Port Moresby, and later as Senior Research Officer at the Australian High Commission there. Most recently Dulciana has been PiPP's deputy executive director and director of operations in PNG.