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AustraliaAustralia have suspended six players for one match for drinking in midweek before Saturday’s win over Ireland and warned nine more.

Wallabies coach Ewan McKenzie acted after “a group of players made the decision to stay out late and consume inappropriate levels of alcohol”.

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He said Australia’s “ethical conduct” standards had been compromised and “I am disappointed on a personal level, but firm action is the best outcome ”

The banned six are Adam Ashley Cooper, Nick Cummins, Liam Gill, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson and Paddy Ryan.

Winger Cummins was among the try scorers in the 32-15 win over Ireland while fellow wing Ashley Cooper was also in the starting XV. Prop Ryan came off the bench with 15 minutes remaining while hooker Polota-Nau, prop Robinson and flanker Gill were unused replacements.

Apart from Ryan, they will all miss the game against Scotland on Saturday.

International Rugby Board regulations state that a team’s 23-man match squad must contain four props so tight-head Ryan will serve his suspension in the game against Wales in a fortnight.

Dave Dennis, Kane Douglas, Saia Fainga’a, Bernard Foley and Nick Phipps have received written warnings after the night out, which stretched into the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Scott Fardy, Mike Harris, Ben McCalman and Nic White have been given verbal reprimands.

“Let’s be clear – these are internal sanctions and aren’t a result of any complaints or reports of inappropriate or sinister behaviour while our players were out. Instead, we have chosen to address an issue that has come up internally and we are now being upfront about it,” explained McKenzie.

“We’ve done this because we need to continually reinforce the need for our players to make smart decisions to benefit the team.”

McKenzie is aware the bans will leave his team short of options against Scotland at Murrayfield, but he believes a tough stance is necessary to send out a message.

“There is no doubt having talented players unavailable will put this team under significant pressure but we won’t be using this situation as an excuse,” he said.

“I am disappointed on a personal level, but firm action is the best outcome when presented with a scenario like this.

“The players involved have accepted the outcomes and we’ll concentrate on moving on and making the best of the situation. Our entire focus remains on beating Scotland.”

 

Who is in trouble?

Banned for one match: Adam Ashley Cooper, Nick Cummins, Liam Gill, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson and Paddy Ryan

Written warning: Dave Dennis, Kane Douglas, Saia Fainga’a, Bernard Foley and Nick Phipps

Verbal warning: Scott Fardy, Mike Harris, Ben McCalman and Nic White

6 Responses to End Of Year Tours: Australian Six Pack banned for drinking

  • 1

    Pretty decisive action taken here by the management, hats off to them at a time when they will be chasing as many wins as they can get after a really poor year by their standards.

  • 2

    Judging by the result their shenigans didn’t seem to influence (if you excuse choice of word :-) ) them against Ireland. Although to be fair only two of the six banned guys started and one other came off with 15 minutes left in the match so it possibly did influence (there is that word again :-) ) the coach in him limiting the amount of time the 4 substitutes got to a minimum and maybe meant others had to play for longer than they would have initially planned for.

  • 3

    MacKenzie, jy beindruk net jouself. As jy ernstig was met jul dissipline dan sou daardie manne nie eers teen Ierland gespeel het nie. En, as jul komende Saterdag teen Wallis/Frankryk/England gespeel het, dan is ek seker al daardie spelers sou net weggekom het met ‘n ‘stern warning’.

    Hoop die Bravehearts skop julle gatte.

  • 4

    Sien Frik Kirsten is in die plek van Malherbe opgeroep na die bokgroep. Bly vir Frik, beste stut by die Bulle, maar hoekom hom oorvat as Adriaanse klaar daar is en Coenie ook vaskop kan speel ?

  • 5

    Mind you as e vir aussie moes speel sou ek seker ook aan die suipe gegaan het,veral as italie en ierland my vir n wen begin target

  • 6

    lol, dis so goed as om vir jou laaitjie te sê hy is gehok en mag nie uit sy kamer kom nie, maar moet eers sy Pa in die tuin help


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