Cardiff Blues has confirmed that Samu Manoa has left the team.
The USA star joined the Blues in the summer and, after coming back from injury, made seven appearances, scoring a try in his debut.
But the club has now given Manoa his release on compassionate grounds. Manoa has played in Europe since 2011, signing with Northampton, where he became a massive star, and then moving to Toulon. His wife and children moved with him to Northampton and then to France, but remained in the USA during his time at Cardiff.
This, apparently, has made things much more difficult for the family-oriented Manoa, and he has been given his release to be with his family.
Cardiff Blues head coach John Mulvihill informed the squad of the decision earlier this week.
"Naturally we are very disappointed to lose a player of Samu's quality but we understand his situation and it's the right decision to release him from his contract on compassionate grounds," said Mulvihill. "It is always challenging to adapt to a new environment, particularly when your family are on the other side of the world.
"We appreciate all the effort Samu has put in during the short time here, he is a good man and gave his all. We wish him all the very best for the future."
"My sincere thanks goes to Cardiff Blues and John Mulvihill for the opportunity, everything they have done for me and their understanding in recent times," said Manoa in a statement. "To represent Cardiff Blues was a great honor and experience for me. I welcomed by my teammates and the great supporters from day one and I really appreciate that.
"The Blues have a great group of players and coaches and I wish them all the very best for the remainder of the season."