Worcester wing Aisea Havili has been fined and warned for going absent without leave in the wake of his country's excellent World Cup showing.
Warriors' director of rugby Mike Ruddock yesterday revealed the Tongan international was a week late returning to Sixways at the end of a hugely encouraging campaign for the Pacific Islanders.
It appears Havili, who joined Worcester from the Scarlets in October 2005, went straight back to his homeland to celebrate Tonga's pool victory over Samoa and a brilliant effort in which they nearly upset eventual world champions South Africa.
But this was done without Ruddock's permission and has not just resulted in his censure but jeopardised his chances of appearing in the first team.
"He went missing for a week back to Tonga without the club's permission and he has been fined for that," Ruddock confirmed. "He just decided he might need to go back and celebrate in Tonga with his team. We are not happy about that, he knows that."
Havili made his first appearance of the season in Monday night's encouraging A team victory over Sale Jets - and also scored a try.
But it was not enough to persuade Ruddock to call on the 30-year-old's services for this weekend's crunch EDF Energy Cup match at Harlequins.
"He is starting from a position that is much further back than other players," the Welshman said. "I was shocked, you would have thought most players would have wanted to come in and make a big impression on a new coaching team.
"Even though he scored on Monday night we looked at his game closely and he has got a bit to do. He has got to work his way out of the A team with some positive performances. Yes he scored a try on Monday night but overall his game is lagging behind where we want it to be so he has got a big job to push it forward."
One World Cup player who will be in the squad at the Stoop Memorial Ground is flanker Netani Talei who is in line to make his debut.
The Fijian also crossed the line against Sale and has done enough to make sure he is in a position to take advantage of the knee ligament injury that keeps Kai Horstmann out for three weeks.
Unfortunately Dominic Feaunati will not be available having broken down in training yesterday. The Samoan has been sorely missed since he pulled his hamstring in the build-up to the Saracens game on October 6, never more so than last Saturday when the inside centre berth in which he normally plays was torn asunder by a rampant Ospreys team on their way to a 47-16 humiliation.
Having failed to recover, the former London Irish man will have a cortisone injection and could be ready in time for next weekend's trip to Bucharest in the European Challenge Cup.
But in the short term Ruddock has several selection problems with many of his players injured - and those that aren't playing as if they might be.
Worcester have yet to win under Ruddock and if that first victory is to come on Saturday it must do so without Ryan Powell who broke a foot against Ospreys.
Warriors are already without Chris Horsman, Lee Best and Tim Collier and learned this week that All Black recruit Sam Tuitupou will have to delay his arrival by a month having broken his wrist.
Ruddock added that Gavin Quinnell had recovered from his neck injury and that Tuitupou's compatriot Greg Rawlinson would be in situ in time for the crucial Guinness Premiership match with Sale on November 23.