All Blacks unconcerned by Australia's drink problems
November 20, 2013
Ian Foster says senior All Blacks player monitor the "off-field element of touring" © Getty Images
The Wallabies' off-field antics haven't prompted All Blacks management to reinforce team rules in Dublin this week.
Six Australian players have been stood down for one Test after staying out late and drinking in the lead-up to last week's win over Ireland, while nine other players have been reprimanded.
But All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster says there hasn't been a need to remind his players about the importance of staying within the confines of team protocol, as the senior players monitor the off-field element of touring and make it clear what their team-mates can and can't do during their free time.
"It's stated once at the start of the year and our expectations are pretty high," Foster said. "Our leaders do a great job in working with players to make sure they understand the expectations of being an All Black."
Sam Cane believes the team boundaries are clear and allow for an element of freedom. "At the moment we've got a pretty good balance between relaxing and having fun, and being able to switch on when rugby comes on," Cane said.
There has been no public breach of All Blacks protocol by a player for more than a year.
Aaron Smith was demoted to the replacements bench for a Test against South Africa in Dunedin 14 months ago, for breaching a curfew the week before, while the team issued two alcohol-related reprimands during Rugby World Cup 2011.
Zac Guildford had to apologise publicly for an incident in Brisbane leading into the tournament, and Cory Jane and Israel Dagg were disciplined internally for a drinking session in Auckland three days out from the quarter-final win over Argentina.
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