By Kylie Stevens For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 16:52 BST, 2 May 2021 | Updated: 17:01 BST, 2 May 2021
A former NRL star and New Zealand international has outed himself as the sportsman facing a string of methamphetamine charges, which could land him a life sentence in prison if found guilty.
Manu Vatuvei, 35, shocked the sporting world on Sunday night when he revealed he was charged with possessing methamphetamine for supply and allegdly importing the Class A drug in late 2019.
The New Zealand Warriors icon has denied all the charges against him but could face the rest of his life behind bars if convicted.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Having fought to keep to keep his identity a secret since the charges were laid, Vatuvei broke his 16-month silence by addressing the allegations in an Instagram video 48 hours ahead of the deadline to take his fight to the Court of Appeal.
The former Warriors winger, nicknamed 'The Beast' during his NRL career, began the video saying he 'needed to get something off his chest.'
Manu Vatuvei (pictured right with wife Jenny) has confirmed he was charged with importation, possession and supply of methamphetamine. He denies the charges against him
'It's been holding me down for a while and I'd rather you hear it from me than the media,' the father-of-five told his 116,000 followers.
'In 2019 I was charged with importation, possession and supply of methamphetamine. All of these charges are accusations and I will be fighting my innocence for these charges.
'I know there'll