Players' Association challenges Australian bans
November 20, 2013
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Several Wallabies have had their reputation damaged unfairly and irreparably in the wake of the "Dublin drinking " affair, Rugby Union Players' Association (RUPA) chief Greg Harris says in flagging a potential challenge to the sanctions handed down by Ewen McKenzie on a number of players after he said they ignored a team curfew after a "boozy" night out.
Harris has launched an investigation that may lead to the sanctions being challenged as RUPA has significant doubts whether the players broke team rules. "I can't see any logic or reasoning behind it," he said of the disciplinary measures. "This makes no sense to me. The industry is haemorrhaging money and you go out and do something like this that not only destroys, damages the reputation of the players involved, but also the brand of your money maker the Wallabies."
Harris said the players were adamant there were no provisions about how much they could drink, and there wasn't a curfew. "Before we respond, we need to work out where they have taken action and what complies with the player contract. But I can say now it does seem a very harsh punishment."
RUPA released a statement saying it would investigate whether the appropriate processes had been followed, and that the rights and entitlements of the players concerned had been accommodated.
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