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New disciplinary regime for Wallabies

By Simon Kirby 21/10/2005 06:58:17 PM Comments (0)

The Australian Rugby Union has come good on its promise to investigate Wallaby discipline after problems on the recent South African tour.

The ARU announced its new Disciplinary Protocol for all national teams, which shifts responsibility for reviewing serious incidents to an independent body.

ARU boss Gary Flowers put his foot down after halfback Matt Henjak was put on an early flight home from the Tri Nations tour following his late night spat with teammate Lote Tuqiri in a Cape Town nightclub in August.

"Ultimately being a Wallaby is an honour that carries obligations and a great duty," Flowers said.

"After a number of incidents in recent times we have moved to strengthen our disciplinary protocol.

"We intend to maintain the highest standards."

Under the new rules, serious offences will be examined by the ARU Teams Disciplinary Committee, an independent panel made up of a senior legal practitioner, the general manager of the ARU's High Performance Unit and the Wallaby team manager.

"Introducing an element of independence into the process for any serious matter (takes) it out of the team environment," an ARU spokesperson said.

"It actually takes the pressure off the team management."

The new regulations also spell out minor offences, such as being late for training or breaking the dress code, and more serious matters, such as public drunkenness, physical abuse or sexual misconduct, and their penalties.

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